The Minister for Works and Housing Francis Asenso-Boakye has given the assurance that government will continue to provide the needed resources to address the drainage challenges being experienced in some part of the country.
The problems of flooding in major cities in recent time, have led to lots of drains being constructed through various government interventions, with existing ones undergoing desilting and maintenance across the country, all in the effort to reduce the devastation of flooding.
Despite these interventions by government, Asenso-Boakye said the establishment of an administrative and institutional framework with the requisite legal backing will be the long-term solution in the county’s efforts towards the provision of drainage infrastructure to nip the perennial flooding and its associated challenges in the bud.
This, he indicated, is the reason the Ministry is currently pursuing the Ghana Hydrological Authority Bill, which when passed, will mandate the Authority to develop comprehensive drainage master plans to mitigate the effects of flooding and the protection of the country’s coastlines.
The Works and Housing Minister was speaking to the media during a 2-day working tour to the Northern Region to inspect some projects being undertaken by the Ministry. The Minister assessed the major drainage channels in the Tamale Metropolis, notable amongst them were the Karalega drainage channel as well as the Gariba Drainage channel, which was through the city centre.
It will be recalled that some suburbs of Tamale Metropolis have had recent perennial flooding following heavy downpour during last year raining season, causing damage to properties, and affecting livelihoods of people.
Having observed the structural defects associated with some of the drains, Asenso-Boakye said the Ministry will engage its technical department to put plans in place to address the issues. “I have seen that some undersized culverts need to be fixed or replaced to allow for free flow of stormwater and this working visit has given me that understanding to be able to engage the technical officers to put plans in place to address the Tamale drainage challenges”. The Minister stated.
He however expressed worry about the dumping of waste along drains that further exposes residents to floods risk in the event of rains, noting that “the drainage issue I have seen here in Tamale today is not different from the ones in Accra and Kumasi. Certainly, there are sanitation issues. I have seen dumping of waste into drainage channels which impede flow and cause all kinds of problems”.
The Gulkpe Naa (Chief of Tamale) whom the Minister had called on earlier expressed his appreciation to the Minister for his visit and commitment to address the concerns for the people of Tamale. He prayed the works of the Minister becomes successful.