Illegal Structures: Housing Minister Cautions Architects

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The minister of works and housing, Francis Asenso Boakye, has reiterated calls to the MMDAs to demolish all structures on waterways and other unauthorized locations.

Speaking at the 2022 architect’s induction in Accra, Francis Asenso Boakye, further tasked architects to do due diligence before executing contracts.

Flooding has become a major problem in Ghana leading to destruction of property.

The perennial flooding is blamed largely on lack of proper planning and buildings in waterways, especially in the urban communities.

President Akufo-Addo in may this year directed that metropolitan, municipal, and district assemblies, MMDAs, ensure that all developments along waterways are removed.

According to him, developers must adhere strictly to the country’s laws.

The minister of works and housing, Francis Asenso Boakye at the 2022 architect’s induction added that staff of the MMDAs who issue permits for structures to be built on waterways be sanctioned.

The minister also admonished architects to refrain from executing projects on reservations, waterways and unapproved locations.

Chairperson of the governing board of the architects’ registration, architect Richard Nii Dadey, called for close collaboration with MMDAs to phase out the illegal structure’s syndrome.

Architect dr. Emmanuel Eyiah-Botwe is the registrar, of the architect’s registration council of Ghana

President of the Ghana institute of architects, architect Forster Osae Akonnor, identified research and innovation as key to the solution to the real estate challenges in the country.

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