Ghana: AMA, Conti to Solve Flooding Challenges in Accra
A comprehensive project to tackle sanitation challenges, as well as Sewer and Storm-Water Drainage Alleviation Project is to be initiated to enhance Accra’s flood protection and waste water treatment.
Parliament has approved the loan facilities for the project with the Export–Import Bank (EXIM) of the USA providing $53,299,497, while the Standard Chartered Bank is also contributing$125,000.
The $595 million project will be implemented by the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) in collaboration with Conti Infrastructure Ghana Limited.
The details of works on the project will mainly include desilting, dredging new siltation ponds and the removal of waste from the Odaw drains and the Korle lagoons.
The implementers would provide waste collection services during its execution and carry out feasibility studies and new landfill design.
Mr. Alfred Okoh Vanderpiuje, the Accra Metropolitan Chief Executive said Accra had nine major drainage basins namely the Odaw, Lafa, Chemu, Kpeshie, Osu klottey, Morkwei, La, Songhor and the Korle Lagoon.
He explained that these drains were mostly choked with waste, e-waste and other solid materials hence the perennial flooding in the city adding that the project was expected to bring significant change and make Accra one of the finest cities in Africa.
Press Release, November 7, 2012; Image: imdc