Architects predict more floods

President of the Ghana Institute of Architects (GIA), Mr Richard Dade, has hinted of more floods in Ghana if measures were not put in place by the state authorities to change attitudes of Ghanaians towards flooding situations in the country.

According to him, the persistent floods over the years in Ghana, especially in the major cities, Accra and Kumasi, have been blamed on the behaviour and activities of some Ghanaians.

In order to avert further floods in these areas, Mr Dade cautioned residents, especially those within Accra, Kumasi, Takoradi, Ashaiman among other places, to desist from actions that cause floods.

Mr Dade made these observations in an interview with Today on the sidelines of the World Architects Day in Ghana last week.

He pointed out that, “the attitudes of some Ghanaians and some of the activities that we undertake create some of these problems for people in this country.”

As the country enters into the rainy season, he urged the general public to desist from some of these activities.

He argued that the attitudes of residents mostly have to do with people throwing away rubbish and all sorts of waste into the gutters and drainages

According to him, sometimes people attempt to undertake construction activities that may block the flow of water and rivers.

That, he stressed, contribute to floods. He pointed out that the Ghana Institute of Architects had taken measures to educate and sensitise the general public on the need to protect the environment.

Mr Dade further stressed the need for greater collaboration to build Ghana towards the sustainability of the fight against unsanitary conditions.

He said it would not take only the officers of the architects to do that, “we will always talk, we will always give the enlightenment, we will always tell the people what is to be done or what not to do, but if the public doesn’t come on board, there will always be a problem.”

…That is why we are always appealing to the general public to come on board so that together we will dialogue and move the country forward,” he said.

The association marked this year’s World Architects Day with an exhibition and panel discussion on the globally selected theme: “The essential role of architecture and good design in making the planet a greener place to live.”

The World Architects Day is a day set aside to show appreciation for the work architects do while celebrating the great arts and works of architects.

 

 

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