Demolishing Is Not in Our Interest but Residents -Engr. Justin T. Glover
The Ningo-Prampram District Assembly (NiPDA) carried out a demolishing exercise on Friday 15th July 2022 at “Peace Be” New Dawhenya and its environs. Obstructing structures and other impediments in the waterways were removed and drains were constructed, immediately, awaiting the next downpour.
The exercise was carried out in line with the directives of the President of the Republic of Ghana, HE Nana Addo Danquah Akufo Addo that structures sited on water ways should be demolished to pave way for the free flow of the water.
The District Works Engineer, Mr. Justin Glover, was accompanied by the District Chief Executive for Ningo- Prampram District Hon. AL-Latiff Tetteh Amanor to see to the demolishing exercise. Engr. Glover maintained that the demolishing exercise is in the interest of the residents whose houses constantly get flooded each time it rains. In essence, it is not in the interest of the Assembly to be demolishing structures without cause. More so, the Assembly would not claim the said piece of land for future use. It is purposely to create access route for the flood water and save the entire community.
Speaking to the media, Hon. Al-Latiff Amanor indicated, that the developer has developed in the waterway, which is meant purposefully for the passage of water. Whether it rains or not, it’s a waterway! “The engineers mentioned to me, after my assumption of office as the DCE, that the assembly advised the developer against this project on the water way”. Therefore, his permit applications have been denied. The assembly is not in the position to give out the permit to carry out this building basically because it is cited in a water way.
The developer had then concealed the frontage of the said land with retail sales of second-hand car tyres to secure the land. It took the vigilance of the assembly to detect the construction of building structures being carried out on the piece of land. Some residents said obstructing the waterway has caused a lot of flood related damages to them and their properties. Looking at the foundation laid by the developer, it is evident he intends to build a story. The assembly has written to him cautioning him to comply with the directives of the assembly, he added. But these directives have not been heeded to.
Disturbingly, several residents had written to the District Assembly for their intervention concerning this project. Synonymous in the complaints letters were “constant flooding” within the slightest drizzle.
Engr. Glover said, among other things, that the demolishing exercise has become necessary for the safety of residents within that environment. He was of the view, that the developer has been cautioned severally and it seems it fell on deaf ears. There have been series of court cases regarding that stretch of land where the said developer is developing. There have been two previous demolition at the same place. And these series of exercise is a huge cost to the assembly.
Demolishing is Not in our interest but Residents
— Ing. Justin Glover (District Works Engineer)
The cost of demolition of the two preceding ones were not surcharged against the developer. This time round, the engineer, unequivocally, stated that the developer would be surcharged for all the cost incurred as a result of his recalcitrance. He called on him to make himself available at the assembly for an amicable deliberation.
Engr. Glover indicated that since it’s a waterway, the assembly would construct a drainage system for the water to help ease the flooding situation whenever it rains. Therefore, the assembly came to see to the demolishing of the structure and take further actions to restore environmental sanity to the community.
Sounding a word of caution to future developers, Engr. Glover stated that having a site plan or an indenture alone is not a guarantee for building. And most developers without building permits normally build on weekends or holidays with the intention to outwit authorities so that the structure cannot be pulled down after a considerable level into the project. He asked such people to desist from that act because the building act mandates developers to seek approval from the Physical Planning or the Works Department before carrying out any development.
There were media for coverage and security officers from both the Ghana Police Service and the Military to protect lives and properties.