Minority Leader warns Accra could soon become a large slum


The Minority Leader in Parliament, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu is warning Accra could become a large slum if government refuses to play an active role in land use.

He said government must take bold decisions and demolish all unapproved structures in the capital to bring sanity in the planning of the city.

Mr. Osei-Kyei-Mensah, who is a planner by profession, made the call in an interview with Joy News on the sidelines of a news conference called by his side on the cholera outbreak which has so far claimed over 100 lives.

He lamented that, “We are not enforcing regulations and then when people have been allowed to build up to habitation level, we go out there to demolish the structures. I do not encourage demolitions but we should also respect rules and we should respect planning regulations.”

“Sometimes I’m tempted to go perhaps the tough way and I will think that if government does not critically involve itself in land use, Accra for instance, may become a very big village 20 years, 30 years from now if land use is not properly controlled,” the Minority Leader warned.

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