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GOVERNMENT TO TACKLE FLOODING IN ACCRA
The Honourable Minister of Works and Housing, Samuel Atta Akyea, has assured Ghanaians the Government will do all it could to end the vicious cycle of rain induced flooding in Accra.
He said to bring an end to this cycle, the President has allocated an amount of GHC 200 million to augment the budget allocation of the Ministry, which is GHC 17.3 million and that the World Bank is interested in making a huge investment to assist Ghana to tackle the situation with a commitment of US$ 100 million.
The Minister was addressing the media after an inspection of some flood prone areas and drainages in Accra to assess the state of the facilities ahead of the rainy season.
He said the Government would bring in international civil engineering and construction firms through a competitive bidding process to partner local engineers to implement the plan. He added that details of the contract were being worked out to include cost, scope and duration to be sent to Parliament for approval.
Mr. Atta Akyea who was accompanied by some senior officials of the Ministry, the Hydrological Services Department and the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, toured Nima, Adabraka Odawnaa, South Kaneshie, Odaw/Korle Lagoon, Sukura, Kaneshie First Light/Odorkor, Baale and Sakaman drainages.
He said President Akufo-Addo wants to end the adhoc measure in tackling the country’s drainage problems by constructing underground drains and expressed hope that the project would be worth pursuing by successive governments.
According to the Minister, as part of the President’s legacy, the flooding situation in Ghana, which has been in existence since 1959, would be tackled permanently.
Mr. Atta Akyea further assured citizens that desilting of drains, particularly the Odaw River, would continue, to ensure free flow of rain induced flooding, saying the Ministry is determined to ensure that this permanent arrangement is embarked on with a backdrop of a larger solution.