Officials Inspect Kakum River Dredging Activities (Ghana)

Vice President Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur at the weekend visited the Kwaprow community to inspect progress of work on the dredging of the Kakum River.

The visit was a sequel to a similar one last year during which he sympathized with the people on a flood that affected the area, which claimed houses and other valuables, costing fortunes.

The Vice President donated relief items to the people and announced the setting up of a committee, chaired by Professor Peter Acheampong, Chairman of the Kwaprow Residents Association and Lecturer in Geography at the University of Cape Coast, to oversee the dredging of the Kakum River.

The Kakum River periodically overflows its banks, and floods the Kwaprow area, when the Brimso Dam is spilled.

Vice President Amissah-Arthur said development is about ensuring continuity of projects, and cautioned against acts that will destroy the developments made so far in finding a lasting solution to the perennial flooding, as well as the reported cases of illegal sand winning in the area.

He expressed his appreciation to the Acheampong Committee for the work done so far.

Mr Ebo Barton Odro, MP for Cape Coast, warned against illegal sand winning in the area and cautioned that culprits would face the law.

Prof Acheampong briefed the Vice President on the progress of work and appealed for more support, especially fuel for the equipment at the site.

In the Vice President’s delegation were Madam Ama Benyiwa Doe and Dr Yaw Kuranchie, both Members of the Council of State.

Source: GNA, July 29, 2013

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