Sodom and Gomorrah Ga State lauds AMA boss, Mahama over demolition

Hundreds of buildings were razed down last weekend as part of moves to prevent perennial flooding in the capital Accra as well as dredge the Odaw drainage.

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The Ga Mantse has commended the Accra mayor, Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije and President John Mahama for demolishing Ghana’s biggest slum, Old Fadama popularly known as Sodom and Gomorrah.

Hundreds of buildings were razed down last weekend as part of moves to prevent perennial flooding in the capital Accra as well as dredge the Odaw drainage.

The Ga State, in a statement signed by the Ga paramount stool secretary, Niinabi Anyah Tackie Yarboi said, it was in support of the demolition as it will have a long term benefit on the people.

“I wish on behalf of the Chiefs and people of the Ga State to commend and express our unflinching support to Hon. Dr. Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije and the Accra Metropolitan Assembly on the on-going demolition exercise at Old Fadama (Sodom and Gommorah).

“The Korle Lagoon was a pride and a source of livelihood to many in Ga Mashie some years past, but today, it is the opposite and also a death trap to many whenever it rains. The area around it is engulfed in filth with heavy stench from open drains and poor sanitary facilities which brings cholera to the vicinity.

“Let us all therefore approach the exercise with a sense of nationalism, devoid of political persuasions,” the statement said.

It continued: “Whiles commending His Excellency, the President and the Mayor of Accra for the political will exhibited, since successive governments have made several unsuccessful attempts to move the illegal settlers, as a matter of urgency, I appeal to His Excellency, the President to prevail upon the Minister of Finance to release immediately funds to the Accra Metropolitan Assembly for the dredging of the Korle Lagoon to allow free flow of water to forestall the perennial flooding, and pave way for the implementation of the Korle Lagoon Restoration Project.

“It must be stated that this project was the vision of one of my predecessors, the late King Tackie-Yarboi who in the late 1920’s decided to allow the dredging of the Korle Lagoon to serve tour-ism purposes. However, his own people misunderstood it to mean that he was selling the Korle Lagoon and destooled him.

“Finally, I wish to appeal once more to all Ghanaians to approach this issue in the best interest of all and sundry taking into consideration the dire side effect and consequences on us as a populace.”

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