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Stop building houses as if you can only afford to buy bicycles and motorbikes – Upper East residents told

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Upper East Regional Minister, Stephen Yakubu has raised concerns over the unplanned and haphazard nature of houses springing up in the region.

Some house owners in the region especially, in Bolgatanga, the regional capital erect structures at unapproved areas such as waterways, road reserves, and under high-voltage lines.

It is either city authorities are unaware of this development or they sit unconcerned and allow it to happen.

Some house owners who paid no heed to warnings but built in low-lying areas such as Sawaaba and Dagweo in the Bolgatanga municipality, experiences floods on yearly basis. The result of that attitude has always been the loss of properties and crumbling buildings which in some instances led to the loss of lives.

Aside from the bad drainage system due to the unplanned construction of houses in the municipality, inaccessible roads are a major factor in some communities.

In some areas of Tanzui and Tindonmolgo, the residents there are sitting on a time bomb and ready to explode in the event of a fire outbreak because it will be difficult for a fire tender to enter these areas due to the inaccessible roads.

Some house owners and tenants who own cars are forced to park them at nearby places and either walk or ride motorbikes home daily because they cannot drive home due to the haphazard nature of the houses constructed in most parts of these communities.

This worrying development in the Upper East Region is what the minister wonders the residents are building haphazardly maybe, they cannot afford to buy cars.

“There is this thing that is worrying in the region. We build as if we can only afford bicycles and motorbikes. Sometimes I wonder how those people can drive home”, Mr. Yakubu stated.

The regional minister said this during the inauguration of a 22-member of the Upper East Regional Lands Commission. The minister entreated the commission to constantly educate the public to change their attitudes and mindsets to move the region to the next level.

Source: A1Radioonline.com|101.1Mhz|Joshua Asaah

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