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Demolition underway at Sakumono Ramsar site to ward off encroachers

This morning, officials of the Greater Accra Regional Security Council and the Lands Ministry have started demolishing structures on waterways at the Sakumono Ramsar site.

The move is to help avert any possible flooding situation similar to what happened in Weija and surrounding areas a few weeks ago.

The 1,200 acres of the Sakumono Ramsar site hold thousands of gallons of water each year to prevent flooding in the surrounding communities.

But this is now under threat due to mass encroachment on the land.

Areas like East Legon and the Tema Motorway have been predicted to flood in the near future if the site goes extinct.

Today’s project is being spearheaded by Greater Accra Regional Minister, Henry Quartey.

Ahead of the exercise, he told JoyNews that occupants of the land have been given enough notification to leave adding that the move has been endorsed by traditional authorities there.

“We’ve been talking about Ramsar in the last two months; we believe we’ve had over 70 days’ notice, which is enough for them. Any time we speak, they go ahead and build with impunity,” he insisted.

Originally spanning over 3,500 acres, the Sakumono Ramsar site is one of five in Ghana. It serves as holding bays for thousands of gallons of rainwater from the adjoining communities.

According to a 2019 report by the Center for Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Services (CERGIS), if care is not taken, the Ramsar site may soon exist no more.


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