Building on waterways “Resist attempts to demolish your homes” - Casely-Hayford

Following deadly floods which caused about 150 deaths in Accra on Wednesday, the GA West Municipal Assembly on Friday begun demolishing houses allegedly built on waterways at Achimota Mile 7 in Accra.

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Economist, Sydney Casely-Hayford says Ghanaians who have built on water ways should not allow city authorities demolish their homes.

Following deadly floods which caused about 150 deaths in Accra on Wednesday, the GA West Municipal Assembly on Friday begun demolishing houses allegedly built on waterways at Achimota Mile 7 in Accra.

The immediate past boss of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) and National Chairman of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), Kofi Porturphy, is on record to have said that Accra floods will stop if city planners gather courage and the will power to demolish all illegal structures on water ways.

But Casely-Hayford opines that authorities are to blame for the havoc that claimed many lives. Speaking on Citi FM, the economist asked Ghanaians to resist any attempt to demolish their homes.


“I am urging Ghanaians not to allow anybody pull down their homes because of what has happened. They must resist attempts to demolish their homes.

“It was the responsibility of people in direct administration of the state to ensure that people did not build at wrong places, in the first place. It is their responsibility to have ensured that the right thing was done and not to wait until this disaster happened," he stated.

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