The Communications Director of the National Disaster Management Organisation ( NADMO), George Ayisi has said the government of Ghana needs to urgently embark on the construction of underground storm drains at the Kwame Nkrumah interchange to help prevent flooding.
There have been perennial floods, over the years, at the lorry parks under the interchange and Odawna during rainy seasons which leads to the loss of lives and properties.
Experts have blamed the floods on human activities such as building in waterways, the indiscriminate dumping of refuse, and the nature of drains in the national capital.
It is, for this reason, the NADMO and other agencies sensitize residents in such flood-prone areas to desist from engaging in activities that will hinder the free flow of rain water.
“When there is any disaster, our priority is to protect lives and properties,” Ayisi noted and assured that NADMO has been sensitizing the residents of the area ahead of the rain season.
Touching on some of the interventions of the government to prevent floods and minimize their effects, Ayisi, who was speaking to Kwame Minkah on XYZ Tonight on TV XYZ, said “the government has also contracted Dredge Masters ahead of the rainy season” to ensure rainwater flows easily into the Odaw river.
He added, “after the June 3 disaster, the committee tasked to investigate it recommended that we do these.”
“Continuous dredging is ongoing but the most important issue is that there is work to be done at the beautiful Dubai (Circle Interchange) because they [the previous government] did not factor drains into the whole thing and that is why the place floods easily when rains fall,” said Ayisi.
He further observed that “going forward, we have to get consultants to assess and construct underground drains [to prevent flooding] under the circle interchange.”
He said the Director of NADMO, Eric Nana Agyemang is a board member of the Works and Housing Ministry and has channeled some recommendations to the sector ministry as far as the prevention of floods is concerned.
Ayisi is optimistic the Akufo-Addo-led administration will fast-track the processes leading to the construction of the drains in the area.
Before that, he said NADMO would continue to embark on the “continuous sensitization” to get residents in the Adabraka, Odawna areas to put up best practices that will help reduce perennial floods to save lives and properties.
By Henryson Okrah|Myxyzonline.com|Ghana