The Minister for Works and Housing, Samuel Atta Akyea has said government intends to transform popular suburbs in Accra - Nima and Maamobi into modern cities.

Mr. Atta Akyea stressed said that the redevelopment of the slum will give meaning and beauty to the President’s vision of Inner City and Zongo Development.

He told the press Tuesday that to achieve that government “is collaborating with the Lands and Zongo Development Ministries to turn the approximately 1,039 acres of prime land into a world-class residential enclave.”

The Akim Abuakwa South MP stressed that this will be done “without dislodging our good people who currently dwell in Nima and Maamobi.”

Explaining government’s Revised Redevelopment Scheme, the Minister said, “the philosophy underlying the concept of replacing slum building with modern houses, on the same plots of land is to substantially improve the physical environment at virtually no additional infrastructural cost.”

He added that it is also intended to reduce government expenditure on infrastructure and services to developing areas.

Even though Nima and Maamobi routinely suffer from inadequate provisions of basic facilities such as housing, water, electricity, and drainage systems, the communities continue to grow.

The President’s commitment to slum upgrading of Nima and Maamobi was stated forcefully in his message of the State of the Nation delivered to Parliament this year.