The Greater Regional Security Council’s (REGSEC) planned demolition exercise of houses within the core zone of the Ramsar site in Tema began today, Wednesday, 19th of October 2022.
Reporting from the scene, Rainbow Radio’s Stephen Odame disclosed that there is a heavy police and military presence in the area.
He said several excavators and machinery are on site to aid with the planned demolition exercise.
The Greater Accra Regional Minister Henry Quartey had stated that the demolition was required because it would allow water from the wetland to flow into the Sakumono lagoon.
Ramsar sites are internationally recognized lands that collect and store water from nearby sources.
As a result, building houses on such reserved lands causes flooding in the catchment area.
According to the Ghana Forestry Commission, the site is a 4,200-acre plot of land that the government purchased in 1998.
However, interlopers have encroached on 1,200 acres of the entire land that makes up the Ramsar site’s Buffer and Transition area.