Question 143 is a question asked by Ho West MP, Mr. Emmanuel Kwasi Bedzrah to the Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation Dr Kwaku Afriyie on the measures put in place in and around Weija-Gbawe earthquake zones to reduce disaster and loss of lives and properties. This question after some days have been answered today 23rd July, 2021 and the details are as follows.
Dr. Afriyie answered, as we all know Weija-Gbawe is one of the areas in the country that has been marked as prone to earthquake. Its subject in an intersectorial one and it involves the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of water and resources, sanitation and of course Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation.
Although the lead disaster prevention institution in Ghana is NADMO, Geological Survey Authority, and the District Assemblies themselves, the MESTI through its agencies, The Land Use and Spacial Planning Authority (LUSPA) and the Environmental Protection Agency has also played a crucial part or role in ensuring that disaster and loss of lives and properties are prevented at Weija-Gbawe.
The Minister stated that as part of efforts to prevent disaster and loss of lives and properties, in 2015 and 2018 the EPA visited the Weija-Gbawe area to critically examine activities that poses threats to human lives and property loss. He outlined some observations as;
1. Illegal quarry activities along some sections of the Weija ridge
2. More important sections of the ridge were being mined at an indented angle of 30 degrees posing danger to the miners themselves and residence around
3. Schools and churches were also located within the immediate environs of influence of the impact activities of the northern section of the ridge. He mentioned Alpha Nare international school and Calvary Baptist Church among others
4. There were also buildings close to the cliff and in the event of any landslide these structured could be destroyed and lives lost.
He added that from these consultations, the EPA in consultation with the Ga-South Municipal Assembly, the Geological Surveys Department and the Minerals Commission has put in place the following measures and recommendations.
1. Halting of all illegal mining activities in the area and the miners evicted.
2. Stabilization of the quarry by the operator.
3. Survey department to be engaged to stop processing of document in these areas that has been identified as dangerous for human habitation.
He said it must be noted that the illegal mining activities in that area has been stopped for now. Unfortunately there has been extensive buildings before these actions were taken. Some building are so close to the cliff that it has become a source of worry. The EPA will educate and sensitize the populace and work with other relevant stakeholders to deal with these concerns.
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