The Minister of Works and Housing, Samuel Atta Akyea has underscored the urgent need for the land along the coast of Ghana to be protected. Mr. Atta Akyea said the land and houses along the coast are all being eaten up by the sea stressing the earlier government acts the better.
He said government would engage interested investors to pre-finance the construction of a sea defence project because it [government] cannot shoulder the huge sums of money involved alone.
The Minister said this in an interview with Skyy News’ Abraham Mensah during his [Minister] two day inspection tour of sea defence projects along the coast of the Western Region. He said the huge challenge the country’s coastline is saddled with is “how ferocious the sea is and how the sea wants to eat the land.”
“You have a whole network of road being swallowed by the sea; you have buildings, the beaches you can’t even use them, so, if we don’t protect our coast land we stand the risk of having our proper land being wiped out by the sea. There is a situation which is imperative and we have to do certain things about it” he added.
The Abuakwa South legislator said government through his ministry would work very hard to reimburse the investors who would undertake the project appropriately.
Mr. Samuel Atta Akyea said government would work assiduously to make funds available and also woo investors to put up befitting but affordable housing facilities especially for public sector workers.
He said government would not reinvent the wheel but would rather continue with the previous plans for providing affordable houses for the populace.
“A financial arrangement would be put in place so that we roll out not only in Accra but the whole nation; everywhere, doctors and nurses in the villages are not having houses to live in, so, every town is entitled to at least one high rise flat so that the people can live there. If you provide this even when you ask for a decent rent, they would pay”