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03.08.2005 Regional News

Don't locate cemeteries near human settlements-Chief


Atabuorso (B/A), Aug. 3, GNA - The chief of Atabuorso in the Techiman Municipality, Nana Joseph Ackessien, has appealed to community leaders and town planning officers to desist from sitting cemeteries near human settlement.

He said the rate of population growth and development of settlement in the country has resulted in unpleasant situation of turning graveyards into development land.

Nana Ackessien who made the appeal in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) at Atabuorso, said burial sites ought to be preserved since it is part and parcel of our tradition and decried the persistent re-demarcation of burial sites in developmental plots. He said apart from serving as a traditional purpose, communities that spring up on burial sites could face health-related issues like water-borne diseases.

He also appealed to the Municipal and District Assemblies, Town and Country Departments and Environmental health Division to help communities demarcate proper burial sites far from towns and villages. He commended the government for providing his communities like Atabourso and Akrufi with good drinking water and entreated the people to take good care of the facilities.