GOVERNMENT TO COMMENCE SECOND PHASE OF BLEKUSU COASTAL PROTECTION PROJECT

The Minister for Works and Housing, Francis Asenso Boakye has assured that Government will soon commence works on phase two of the Blekusu Coastal Protection Project which covers communities affected by tidal waves.

The second phase of the project, which entails the construction of 37 armour rock groynes, with land reclamation, will cover a minimum coastal stretch of 8km and is expected to ensure the total protection of the people of Adina, Agavedzi, Salakope, and Amutsinu communities and others to the east of Blekusu.

It will be recalled that the Ministry of Works and Housing in July 2015 engaged Messrs Amandi Holding Limited to design and construct coastal protection works, starting from Blekusu through to Agavedzi, Salakope, and Amutsinu under the Blekusu Coastal Protection Project.

The project, which protects 4300 metres (i.e., 4.3 kilometres) of the coastal stretch, had the first phase completed in July 2019 and has since functioned effectively, protecting lives, livelihoods and properties while reviving fishing activities.

The Minister disclosed these when he addressed the press following last weekend’s tidal waves from the sea that swept through homes and displaced people in communities within the Ketu South Municipality in the Volta Region.

Acknowledging the urgent need to address the devastating effects of tidal waves permanently in the affected towns and other communities that are experiencing similar incidence, Asenso Boakye revealed that the Ministry and its technical team from the Hydrological Services Department have already engaged authorities in the Ketu South Municipal Assembly on the matter of implementation of the second phase of the project.

The Minister further indicated that the Ministry of Works and Housing has finalized the Evaluation of the relevant proposal to start the works under the second phase, adding that “the Ministry is currently actively working with the Ministry of Finance to raise the needed funding for the implementation of the second phase”.

Following reported cases of sand weaning and uprooting of mangrove along the country’s coastal stretches, the Minister appealed to coastal residents to avoid practices that expose them to vagaries of the rising sea levels, noting that government’s investments cannot yield the needed protection if people continue to engage in such practices.

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