MEETING SDG 9 IN URBAN GHANA BY 2030- A NECESSARY SCAM.
A typical case of Old Fadama in the heart of the City-Accra.
The quest to show solidarity on humanitarian grounds across the globe appears to be dwindling, especially; having in the first place failed to achieve the over-hyped Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that was expected to be achieved by 2015 but it could not. That unattainable roll-out had now been rebranded into a new document known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and expected to be achieved by 2030 where it is expected to address the global challenges we face, including poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice. One of the goals, SDG 9, sort to invest more in resilient infrastructure, cooperating across borders, and encouraging small enterprises will all be critical to ensuring sustainable industrial development. Looking at infrastructure from the last 6 years (2015-2021), the people of Old Fadama are yet to have their pound of flesh. In Ghana it is estimated that there are over 1 million housing deficits among people in urban communities of which Old Fadama is no exemption. The area is bedeviled with various social issues such as poverty, poor sanitation, hunger, high illiteracy rate, child labour, child prostitution, armed robbery activities and above all, lack of proper and decent accommodation facilities that need to be addressed in line with the SDG Goal 9 with focus on infrastructure development with urgency. It is a well-known fact that aside food and clothing, shelter is also a top tier basic need in boosting economic development, however for any developing country, the provision of shelter is paramount importance to low and moderate income earners.
An estimated 10-15 people in a group are living in same medium sized dilapidated kiosks in a dirty environment, while others sleep in front of unkept shops, drinking spots and on tables in the open. The area is without any proper layout. The place had developed into a huge slum that had led to series of fire outbreaks due to illegal electricity connections where those wooden structures burnt to ashes periodically but without any lessons learnt, these people put up those slums again. Majority of the women are hawkers while majority of the men do all kinds of menial jobs to survive. These slum dwellers are not the true owners of the land. The force behind the rejection of any move to relocate these people is not emanating from them but the land owners who make huge sum of monies as rents on weekly basis from these people. It is an open fact that, some senior police officers, military men, lawyers and some prominent politicians are obviously the land and structure owners who operate through their agents in order to hide their identity from the court of public opinion.
Jerry John Campbell