From Samuel Mensah Torbizo, Kumasi
The country is likely to face severe water crisis in the next ten years, if immediate steps are no taken to avert the wanton sale of wet lands to developers.
According to Rev. Dr. Richard Nkrumah ,the senior pastor in charge of Ayigya Bethel Assemblies of God Church, the practice where some chiefs and land owners driving by selfish interest, release wet lands that serve as the sources of rivulets, which flow to fill major rivers is callous and very dangerous to the survival of the unborn generation.
Rev Dr. Nkrumah who spoke to this reporter in an interview took a swipe at chiefs , city engineers for doing little to inject sanity into the system.
He said, the chiefs are the worst culprits, because they release theses lands to private developers without considering the implication it poses to the future of the country.
He believed that continuous flooding in parts of the country was caused due to blockade of the water ways.
“ Most of the waterlog areas have been either developed into petrol filling stations or personal houses,” he said
Rev Dr. Nkrumah suggested that the laws of the land should deal ruthlessly with those who engage in such practice.
“ The future generation will suffer, if nothing is done to avert this unfortunate development,” said he.
He tasked the chiefs to contribute their quota from the fund generated from the sales of lands to complement government’s efforts to build a better nation.
He wondered why Kumasi called the “Garden City,” could be allowed to be engulfed by filth due to poor planning.