The Minister for Works and Housing, Samuel Ata Akyea has indicated that, government has approved an amount of GhC5.5 million for the purposes of dredging and desilting clogged drains in the capital as a means of averting floods in the national capital ahead of the rainy season.
He was responding to a question filed by MP for Adaklu, Kwame Agbodza Governs, in Parliament, Wednesday on measures put in place by the Ministry to forestall any flooding incident in Accra.
He indicated that there is a short term measure put in place to avert any flood in the capital.
He attributed the challenge to poor waste management and assured it would be arrested soon to avert a pending floods.
Explaining what his outfit will do to tackle the floods, he said “the Ministry of works and housing in collaboration with the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources, the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development as well as the MMDAs in the region” will undertake the measures to reduce the risk of flooding in the national capital.
Some of the measures, Mr Akyea said was “the creation of diversion in water movement,” awareness creation on how to manage refuse, reconstruction of culverts and “demolition of buildings and structures on water ways.”
The Minister also said government will hold capacity building sections for Regional and District spatial planning committees and other technical committees for “effective enforcement of the regulations” as well as routine maintenance of functional drains and some “remedial works on some existing culverts to maintain their stability.”
Meanwhile, dredging works have commenced at the South Kaneshie drain, Awudome drains including the Ring Road West area drains to allow for easy flow of water in the rainy season.
Over 100 people died from a fire outbreak at a Goil filling station at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle from the floods that trailed hours of rainfall.
A flood in Accra last year
Aside the disaster, Accra flooding every year has been an annual incident that is always expected.
Some of the parts of Accra that get swamped in the floods recorded in the past years include Kaneshie, Awudome, Ring Road, Adabraka, Abossey Okai, Circle, and Nima.
Story by: Henryson Okrah & Charles Akrofi/Myxyzonline.com