Land encroachment: Sanitation minister warns public against encroaching on public lands


The Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources Cecilia Abena Dapaah has strongly warned citizens against claiming state land and properties, describing it as a disservice to the nation.

According to her, there’s no essence in taking over public lands at the expense of the population.

The Minister was speaking to the media on the sidelines of a visit to Kumasi after reports that some individuals have encroached ECG lands which may affect the supply of water and electricity in the region.


The Electricity Company of Ghana warned of an imminent power and water crisis within the Greater Kumasi areas if stringent measures are not taken to check encroachment on lands bordering transmission sites and power

The power distributor is also worried as the situation is adversely affecting its operations,
including regular maintenance works.

The situation which is tipped as a security threat could be devastating if not tackled immediately.


As part of attempts to address the problem, the Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources Cecilia Abena Dapaah visited the Adoato transmission site in Kumasi with officials from ECG and the Ghana Water company.

According to the Minister, after reading the story in the papers, she saw the need to come to Kumasi to appreciate the problem and find ways to solve it.

While describing the activity as catastrophic, she warned the public against encroaching on public lands.

She also stated that, the practice of taking over government lands is a disservice to the nation and must be desisted by citizens.


Besides land encroachment, the sanitation minister also described illegal mining as evil and needing immediate halting.

According to her, even though the government’s strategies towards fighting illegal mining have been successful, there’s still the need for all citizens to join hands in combating the canker.

The Regional Manager of the Network project at ECG, ING. Frederick Kwabena Bediako said the encroachment is adversely affecting their operations and may eventually disrupt the supply of water and electricity to parts of the region.

He further noted that steps are being taken by the company in collaboration with the regional security council to reclaim the land.

Madam Cecilia Abena Dapaah also used the opportunity to plant trees at the Owabi Water Treatment plant.

The step, according to her is towards protecting the water body for posterity.


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