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Politicians Encourage Encroachment on Government Lands, Former MP Says

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Politicians in Ghana have been criticised for encouraging citizens to build on unauthorised lands. Former Member of Parliament for Ablekuma Central, Ebenezer Nii Narh Nartey, blamed both the opposition and the ruling parties for the situation. He explained that when politicians build on government lands and waterways, civilians follow suit.

Nartey revealed that about 40% of the 785 buildings earmarked for demolition in Accra are owned by government officials. He said that if politicians build on government lands, it will encourage others to build as well. The former MP called for proper regularisation of lands and proper conduct by politicians to help curb the situation.

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The government recently announced that about 785 buildings would be demolished in the La Dade-Kotopon Municipal Assembly to clear edifices that hinder the free flow of rainwater in drainage channels, thereby causing floods. Speaking on issues of flooding ahead of the rainy season, the Minister for Works and Housing, Francis Asenso-Boakye (MP), stated that the Assembly is currently working on the necessary logistics to undertake the assignment.

While government is determined to build communities that can withstand and reduce the incidence of flooding especially in Accra, certain human activities have hugely hindered these efforts. The demolition exercise aims to help prevent flooding in Accra, especially during the rainy season.

The former MP’s comments shed light on the complicity of politicians in encouraging citizens to build on unauthorised lands. It is hoped that the government will take steps to address the issue by regularising lands and ensuring proper conduct by politicians.

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