Ohaa, who blamed the attitude of residents for the reoccurring flooding incidents in the FCT, condemned the activities of estate developers who deliberately contravene provisions of the master plan and build houses on flood plains and natural courses and channels of rivers.
He warned residents against further violation of these laid down environmental and development laws in the FCT, saying that the FCTA will not relent on its plan to remove houses built on waterways.
He said that potential buyers or renters of properties in the FCT should always carry out due diligence and find out from the relevant authorities in the FCTA if the developers have met the master plan requirements before taking possession of properties.
“Find out from the relevant authorities in the FCTA if developers have met the master plan requirements before building houses. This simple action could save lives and properties.”
The Permanent Secretary also called on traditional rulers and other stakeholders to support the various actions of government in this regard and also educate their subjects on the necessity of these actions.
He appealed to the media to emphasize safety issues, especially human activities which increase vulnerability to flooding and other forms of disaster, as part of their corporate social responsibilities.