Encroachment of Owabi Forest cause of flooding at Atafoa- Assemblyman

The Assembly Man for Abrepo-Mpatasie Electoral Area Hon Ohemeng Mor has stated that encroachment of Owabi Forest Reserve land has been a major cause to flooding at Atafoa and its environs in the Bantama Constituency of the Ashanti Region.

The rains which lasted for about four hours left a lot of people stranded at their homes as floods took over streets and some properties.

Residents of Atafoa could not go to work on Friday after an early morning heavy downpour which flooded most parts of the Ashanti Regional capital.

The Assembly Man for Abrepo-Mpatasie Electoral Area Hon Ohemeng Mor speaking on ABUSUA DAWURO COMMUNITY WATCH accused the Chief of Atafoa, Nana Atafoa for selling Owabi Forest Lands to people to build houses and other projects.

According to him, due to encroachment at the Owabi Forest Reserve lands, people are mostly displaced anytime it rains saying the floor of the Owabi River has been blocked by those building houses and projects near Owabi Forest.

However, the Chief of Atafo, Nana Atafoa speaking to Osei Kwadwo denied the Assembly man’s accusation saying he does not have the power to sell Owabi Forest Reserve lands.

Nana Atafoa therefore announced immediate plans to desilt the Owabi River to save the city from further flooding.

Abusua FM’s Osei Kwadwo who is following the development reported that the Owabi Forest Reserve has turned into a dumping site by the residents in the community.

By: Ghana/Ultimatefmonline.com/106.9FM/Osei Kwadwo