TOWARDS FLOOD MITIGATION MEASURES: DEPUTY MINISTER INSPECTS PROGRESS OF WORKS OF DRAINAGE FACILITIES

The Deputy Minister for Works and Housing, Hon, Abdulai Abanga has embarked on a working visit to inspect the progress of works on some drainage facilities being constructed as part of the Ministry’s Flood Control Programme in the Greater Accra Region.

Addressing the media, the Deputy Minister observed that the completion of some of the drainage projects has resulted in a drastic reduction in the incidence of flooding, especially in flood-prone areas in the Metropolis.

“We went to the GICCEL area and we saw that there was a solution that we have provided, there is a bigger drainage facility there. Before that drain, that area was always flooded and causing a lot of problems for communities but after the construction of that drain they are living without fear again any time there is a rainfall,” he noted.

The Deputy Minister assured that the completion of the ongoing drainage works at the Kaneshie Obetsebi Lamptey Interchange will also witness a drastic reduction in flooding within the area.

Hon. Abanga, however, expressed concern about the attitude of some Ghanaians who dispose of rubbish into drains and unapproved places, adding that “the taxpayers’ monies that are being used to finance the drainage projects will not produce the needed result if people keep choking the drainage channels with solid waste. He, therefore, urged the public to stop such an attitude and understand that the drains are meant to carry water but not to carry solid waste.

The Ag. Director of the Hydrological Services Department, Mr Hubert Wusuansa also indicated that 21 projects are being implemented under the 2020 Flood Control projects across the country.

The Deputy Minister was accompanied by the Ag. Director of Hydrological Services Department, Mr Hubert Wusuansah, Director of Policy, Planning, Budget, Monitoring and Evaluation, Rev. Stephen Yaw Osei and some other officials of the Ministry.

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