A group calling itself Social Democracy and Development Dialogue Forum-Africa (SDDDF-AFRICA) has stated that Ghana’s sustainable development goals success was in grave danger as some communities suffer devastating effects.
SDDDF-Africa says it was alarmed about the environmental degradation activities ongoing in the Ga West Municipality in Greater Accra.
A statement issued by the group said: ”At Katapor, what the SDDDF-Africa team finds more than curious is that as Government of Ghana would want Ghanaians and the entire world to believe it is working to achieve the 2030 SDG stated targets, State institutions such as Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Minerals Commission, Ga West Municipal Assembly, National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) etc who among other things have direct responsibility in ensuring the success of the SDGs, are rather gleefully presiding over the unimaginable degradation of the environment, worsening the plight of the people.
It continued: ”Katapor town has mountains, well covered by scenery green forest, portions of which, in the past, according to Mrs Agbalenyo served as farmlands for the people but today such treasures are suffering massive vegetation cover removal, followed by flattening the mountains.
During the visit, the SDDDF-Africa team witnessed situations where 3 different huge and sprawling mountains were being flattened with the sole motive to trade the products as gravel or sand for construction works.
At one of the degradation activity sites said to be owned by one Mr Abor, here is a sprawling mountain of about 150 – 200 feet in height which already is halfway gone as excavators seen at the site were busy filling the buckets of the many 20-tonner tipper trucks that visit the site to cart away for sale gravel and sand of the remaining half,” it added.
Read the full statement below