The Minister for Works and Housing, Francis Asenso-Boakye, has visited various drainage sites in Accra, Ghana, to assess drainage works being undertaken by the Ministry.
The sites included the Odaw-Onyasia confluence at Caprice, Kwame Nkrumah Circle, Upper and Lower Korle lagoons where Messrs Dredge Masters is currently undertaking the dredging of the Odaw drain from Caprice to the outfall including the Lower and Upper Lagoons.
Other sites toured by the Minister included the Santa Maria Drainage Project site and Apenkwa Drainage Project site among others.
Following the surge in flood cases, especially in the capital, the government has in the past four years from 2017 to 2020, committed a significant amount into dredging works and drainage provision under the National Flood Control Program, which has led to a massive reduction in flooding.
While assuring the public that government will continue to implement programs to mitigate the effects of flooding in the country, Asenso-Boakye also entreated Ghanaians to adhere to proper solid waste disposal practices, which is one of the main causes of flooding in the country.
“I am impressed with the work done so far by Dredge Masters and the other contractors. It is my expectation that we, as citizens will give them the needed support by engaging in proper sanitation practices to end the perennial flooding especially Accra”, Francis Asenso-Boakye said.
The Minister also charged various Assemblies to strictly enforce planning laws and building regulations and see to it that structures are not built on waterways.