Mayor of Accra, Mohammed Adjei Sowah has hinted of plans to upgrade Old Fadama a slum settlement in Accra to improve the physical, social and economic environment for residents in the area.
According to him, the upgrade which would be done in phases comprise the reconstruction of the main Agbogbloshie road into a dual carriage as well as the vegetable market, creation of vehicular access into the community, improving sanitation and dredging of the Korle Lagoon to prevent perennial flooding in the community.
The Mayor disclosed this on Monday when he met the Chiefs from the 16 tribes’ resident in the area to discuss redevelopment of the community.
Situated along the Odaw River and the Korle Lagoon, Old Fadama is home to more than 50,000 people from diverse background across the country. Regarded as a slum, the settlement is characterized by dilapidated housing, overcrowding and poverty among others.
Mayor Sowah said support had been granted by the Vice President, to begin engaging residents on monthly basis to start planning the redevelopment process.
He mentioned that, reconstruction of the main Agbogbloshie road began some 3 weeks ago and appealed to the chiefs to help clear all unauthorized activities on the road.
Touching on ways to improve sanitation, Mr. Sowah announced plans to provide 23 cubic meter refuse containers for the area and admonished the chiefs not to allow further encroachment of the Korle Lagoon to prevent flooding.
" You are more than 100,000 people here and there are no proper places to dispose your refuse so you either dump into the Korle Lagoon or indiscriminately in the community and this poses a lot of health hazards," he said.
The Wale Chief who is also the spokesperson for the chiefs in a remark thanked the Mayor and his team for their commitment to redevelop the community and assured him of their support to succeed.