The Central Regional Minister, Mrs. Ama Benyiwa-Doe, has advocated a proactive approach towards addressing the problem of urban planning and its attendant effects.
She mentioned challenge such as, water, sanitation, waste management, accommodation, health and education among others as something that ought to be given the needed attention.
“We need to fashion out lasting solutions to these problems” she intimated.
Mrs. Benyiwa-Doe said this at the opening of the Zonal Urban forum for the Southern Sector in Cape Coast, yesterday.
Participants from the Central, Greater Accra, Western and Volta regions attended the one day forum on the theme “The urban future- spatial planning and urban development in Ghana”.
Mrs. Benyiwa-Doe called for measures to churn out the resources in urban communities into more efficient use.
She noted population increase in urban communities coupled with rapid technological growth and advancement had resulted in socio-economic demands which had put a lot of pressure on existing public facilities.
She urged the participants to put in the necessary inputs that would ensure a comprehensive urban planning policy for the country.
“This is an important national assignment and the decisions we take here will have a long term effect on the present generation and posterity” she added.
The Cape Coast Metropolitan Chief Executive, Anthony Egyir Aikins, who was the chairman for the forum, noted that the absence of urban planning in the country’s development programme was a challenge for an effective urban planning policy.
He explained that urban development issues had not featured prominently in the country as emphasis was always on rural development.
He explained that urban planning could be used to mitigate the effect of urbanisation which continue to be a source of worry for many towns in the country.