The Mayor of Accra Dr. Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije has waded into the controversies surrounding whether residents of New Fadama (Sodom and Gomorrah) will be cleared or allowed to stay.
According to the Mayor as against public perceptions that the government through the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) will be sacking residents of old fadama from their place of abode, the Assembly will consider the UN Charter On Habitat and allow residents of Sodom and Gomorrah to move 100metres away from the Korle Lagoon to give way for the dredging and the construction of the lagoon.
The Mayor said this when members of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Environment, Science and Innovation tour some flooding areas in the Accra Metropolis yesterday.
Members of the Committee were at the AMA to discus, interact and familiarize themselves with the Assembly and as well know the challenges the Assembly is facing in its duties.
They were also there to find possible ways of mitigating the challenges the Assembly is facing in the areas of environmental sanitation and flooding situation in the Metropolis.
Both sides agreed to work together towards addressing the issues confronting the assembly.
According to the Mayor, although the Assembly has done a lot in assuring that residents in Accra live comfortably and in a clean environment, it is constrained with the lack of some facilities.
Dr. Alfred Vanderpuije noted that for the past 4 year, the AMA tried as much as it could to address the problems culminating in the restoration of the Sabah, Oblogo, and Malam landfill sites for profitable ventures in the communities.
He also indicated that the assembly is implementing the Polluter-Pay System, where 9 contractors have been assigned with the business of collecting refuse in Accra as on daily basis, Accra generates 2,800 tons of refuse.
The Mayor told the Committee that the Assembly has also engaged in the Disilting of major drains from 2012 and 2013 culminating in the reduction of floods in the metropolis.
Dr. Vanderpuije averred that the Assembly is also embarking on rigorous social and infrastructural developmental projects that will see to the issue of poor sanitation and flooding are curtailed.
He mentioned the construction of water retention reservoirs, storm drains, and the construction of engineered landfill sites with a $500 million Exim Bank loan facility government contracted for the Assembly towards the projects.
He explained that the Assembly is waiting on the Ministry for Finance and Economic Planning to approve the said loan for the projects to take off.? b
The Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Environment, Science and Innovations and Member of Parliament (MP) for South Dayi Constituency in the Volta Region, Hon. Edem Asimah thanked the Mayor and the Assembly for steps taken to address the perilous flooding and poor sanitary conditions in the Accra Metropolis.
He expressed the hope that Parliament will impress upon the Ministry of Finance to take quick steps in approving the $500million loan facility for work to begin on all the proposed projects.