The Changing Face Of Accra; A New Facade For Development


Ghana, as a developing country, is facing a lot of rapid urbanization issues in its major cities. The city of Accra in the past few years is growing past its boundaries due to the fact that, people are migrating from the rural areas of Ghana into the urban areas because of the changing status of the capital city; Accra.

The progressive developments being the structures and other social infrastructures compel the rural folks to migrate to the city in search of job opportunities and better living conditions.

Good road networks, drainage systems, Adome-liked foot bridges, electricity power and water supply, waste disposal and housing projects are some of the basic needs and infrastructure which equally make the ordinary person feels ease in the city of Accra.

This trend, has given rise to the growth of sub-urban residential areas within the city of Accra such as West and North Legon, East and Southern part of Legon, Adenta, Spintex, East Airport, Weija, Michelle Camp, Amasaman, Ablekuma, to mention but a few.

The rate of the population in growth has put a lot of pressure on the city’s housing and infrastructure such as roads, water, electricity, sanitation, refuse collection and so on.

According to a study conducted by the Ghana Real Estate Developers Association (GREDA) and the Government of Ghana in 1999, it was estimated that, the government should be able to provide between 110,000 to 140,000 housing units every year. As at 2002, only about 30,000 units were being provided.

There is continues increase in the banking sector in the country, and Accra stands out to be the headquarters of this institutions. Banks are financial intermediaries that accept deposits and they add up to the developing chapter of Accra. This makes business transaction so easy especially when one lives in Accra.

Skyscrapers, modern architecture and glass buildings are springing up everywhere in the capital city. A casual tour of the capital centre and other suburbs reveals a fast developing city with massive cranes of all colours at various construction sites all over the city.

Places worthy of note are the Airport City close to the Kotoka International Airport, where developers are constructing more structures to change the face of Accra. Office spaces, malls and shops, high rise apartments, towers, just to state a few are springing up by the day.

While the Police Hospital and the Greater Accra Regional Hospital, popularly referred to as the Ridge Hospital, are still a beehive of activities which are geared at expanding and upgrading facilities to international standards, some roads have also seen a major face lift.

The 37 Burma Camp to Trade Fair road seems to have taken inspiration from the N1 (George Walker Bush Highway).

There is also the three-tier Kwame Nkrumah Circle interchange which after its historic inauguration on November 14 has eased the difficulties pilling traffic sense. The interchange is estimated to have cost 74 million Euros and was funded by the government of Ghana and the Brazilian government. Brazilian company Gueiroz Galvao construction was awarded the contract.

These developments are to serve the interest and betterment of the good people of Ghana.

Just like the famous Oliver Twist yelled…….. We want more.



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