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16.10.2008 General News

Developers Encroach On Waterway

By Frank Otchere, Kumasi -

The negative phenomenon of persistent encroachment on water bodies by private developers in the Kumasi metropolis, is becoming so alarming that a deputy minister was, about a fortnight ago, compelled to order a halt to it.

In fact, Mrs. Cecilia Dapaah, Deputy Minister of Water Resources, Works and Housing, was shocked to see a waterway close to the Islamic Senior High School at Abrepo Junction, being filled with laterite by a private developer.

Obviously perturbed  by the encroachment, she instantly ordered the developer to stop the illegal land reclamation project and vacate the area.

The developer initially complied with the deputy minister's order but resumed work as soon as she left for Accra.

Commenting on the situation, Nana Kwabena Dwumoh-Sarpong, president of Friends of Rivers and Water Bodies (FRWB), an environmental non-governmental organisation, described it as highly disturbing because the stream is one of the numerous water bodies which feed the Owabi Dam.

The Owabi and the Barekese dams provide the water requirements of residents of the metropolis.

He strongly criticized the inefficiency and ineffectiveness of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA), Lands Commission and the Town and Country Planning Department on issues relating to their development control activities.