Member of Parliament for Ho West and ranking member of the Parliamentary Committee on Works and Housing, Emmanuel Kwasi Bedzrah, has blamed law enforcement agencies for not being proactive in a situation at Weija where a disaster looms.
He was speaking on the back of a documentary by TV3’s Komla Adom titled “Weija’s Ticking Time Bomb” which exposes how people have dangerously settled on a cliff at Weija. A seismologist at the Geological Survey Department confirmed in the documentary that the area risks a landslide. Citi authorities have asked residents to move out of the area but there has not been an enforcement of this directive.
The MP is of the view that, it is the failure of the law enforcement agencies that has created that situation.
“I think our law enforcement agencies too are not proactive, in fact, if it had not been Komla who would have known that they are sitting on a time bomb? What happened in Sierra Leone, I came a week after the landslide here and I went to Guinea, I saw the same thing, a landslide in Guinea, so very close to us people died, I mean over thousands of people died”, he said.
The Ho West legislator also thinks there is lack of communication and liaison between state institutions in the acquisition of land and use.
“I listened to the senior Seismologist at the Geological Survey Department, I listened to the NADMO people and I thought that these state institutions are not talking to each other because if you listen to the narration of the lady who said that, yes they have permits to build houses here and the sand winners also had permits to win sand, it tells me that, we are not talking to each other as state institutions. If we are really talking to each other as state institutions, the Geological Survey would have asked the Accra Metropolitan Assembly or whoever gave the building permits to the owners of houses that, no this is a fault area, this area should not be given out for construction. Then whoever puts up his house there would have been charged for being unlawful.”
Reacting to comments by the Geological Survey Department that without a Legislative Instrument(L.I) they can’t enforce the law on matters like this, Mr Bedzrah said “the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources is supposed to bring the LI, it’s unfortunate since 2016 there is no LI that will give them the practical effect of the law, the act that we have.”
By Barima Kwabena Yeboah|3news.com|Ghana