The boss of the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), Brigadier-General Francis Vib Sanziri, has expressed grave concerns about the way and manner Accra is still being developed on the 1960’s model of engineering.
According to him, the way manner the city is planned is the cause of the rampant flooding of some of the urban areas at the least down-pour in the country.
He said Accra and its urban areas are not planned to be resilient when it comes to flooding and other disasters.
In this modern day of engineering, Accra is still being planned with engineering models of the early 1960’s he said.
He told a story of how he used to walk from the Motorway Roundabout to his residence in a jiffy but now driving along that stretch of road to ones abode takes 45 minutes in heavy traffic.
It has become a stressful task for one to close from work and get home because of lack of better engineering systems in the city.
This represents how the engineering of the city of Accra was not changing in this modern day urbanization.
It is in view of this, that the so-called urban areas in the city continue to get flooded when rains in some parts of the city.
He maintained that the city of Accra, some twenty years ago is not like what it is today because floods and improper urbanization have taken over the city
Brigadier-General Sanziri, made this revelation at a two-day stakeholder’s meeting organized in partnership NADMO and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on promoting resilient activities and increasing local level understanding of disaster risk in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA).
The programme was on the theme: “making cities inclusive and resilient in Ghana’’ which also marks the beginning of advocacy initiatives that seeks to raise awareness on social and economic impacts of common disasters particularly on the vulnerable groups.
He said the topic making cities resilient is a dynamic topic that must be promoted and preserved to help remedy the situation.
He said managing floods and disasters are expensive and a drain on the economy, if every year funds meant for development are committed to fighting disaster.
Delivering the keynote address, Ebenezer Armah, the Greater Accra Regional Representative on the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC)said the population of Ghana will hit 50 million by 2057 and by that time Ghana would be one hundred years.
This he said calls better planning of the cities and urban areas to be resilient to some f the key environmental impacts.
According t him, Ghana does not lack credible policies but the challenges are the implementation of the various policies put together by stakeholder
He noted that it is about time the country seek policy quality to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and not quantity to GDP.
Dr. Christine Evans Clock, the United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator said it is about the country looks for the appropriate laws to help fight the dumping of trash in sewage drains as it serves as a contributory factor to flooding and disasters.
She said the population of Africa will soon hit two billion in the next 25 years but two out of every three African citizen lives in slum areas.
It is in view of this, that goal (11) of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) calls for the buildings to deal with long term needs by promoting resilience.