The Minister for Works and Housing, Hon. Francis Asenso-Boakye has disclosed that people living in communities prone to the menace of flooding will have the benefit of advance notice of flooding in order to take steps and protect their lives and property.
The sector Minister said the design of the system is completed and it is expected that the processes leading to the engagement of a service provider will be finalized for the system to be deployed.
Briefing the press on issues relating to flooding as the rainy season approaches, the sector Minister said indicated that the deployment of the FEWS system is part of the Government’s comprehensive programme to tackle flooding in vulnerable communities under the Greater Accra Resilient and Integrated Development (GARID) Project.
The $200m project, which is being undertaken in collaboration with the World Bank, has seen the government make significant progress in the implementation of projects meant to mitigate flood risk and solid waste management challenges in the Greater Accra Region.
The Minister stated that projects such as performance-based dredging of the Odaw River, and drainage improvement works at Achimota, Nima and Kaneshi are about to commence following the completion of all the needed procurement processes.
“It is expected that construction of these drainage improvement works will commence in the next few months.” The Minister added.
Whilst highlighting the progress that has been made, the sector Minister acknowledged the need to improve drainage infrastructure in many other communities, noting that government will invest resources in demonstration of its commitment to tackling Ghana’s perennial flooding challenge.