The District Chief Executive (DCE) of Pusiga, Zubeiru Abdulai, has stressed the need for an effective and prudent spatial planning as the best way of growing together.
Mr Abdulai, therefore, cautioned against unplanned settlements which, he said, had led to the creation of slums, people building on water ways, land use conflicts, uncoordinated land developments, accessibility challenges in disaster situations and many more developmental hazards.
He commended President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for creating the Ministry of Inner Cities and Zongo Development to help streamline the Spatial Development challenges across the country.
The DCE was speaking at the inauguration of the District Spatial Planning Committee (DSPC).
The committee is made up of the DCE as chairman of the committee, head of the Physical Planning Department as secretary, Development Planning Officer, Head of Works Department, Head of Urban Roads, National Disaster Management Organization, Land Commission Representative, District Fire Officer and the District Director of Health.
The DSPC will, among others, ensure that physical development is carried out in the District in accordance with the Land use Spatial Planning Act, 2016 (Act 925); ensure that the preparation of the District Spatial Development Framework is in accordance with Act 925; ensure the preparation of the structural plans and local plans in the District are in accordance with Act 2016, Act 925; deliberate on the approval and recommendations of the Technical sub Committee or request further consideration by the Technical Sub Committee where necessary; consider and approve permit; and perform any function required by Act 925 within the District.
The DCE gave the Technical sub-committee two weeks to come out with an action plan to deal with the haphazard physical development challenges facing the District for appropriate solutions and implored all members to be committed to the noble call to duty.
The Pusiga District was carved out of the Bawku Municipality in the year 2012. Six years on, the District has suffered the effects of unplanned settlements.
Source: ISD (Raphael Azare Kariyama)