GHS197m for declogging drains – Dapaah

The Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Cecilia Dapaah, on Monday, 15 April 2019, said the government has allocated GHS197 million for the desilting of the country’s choked drains and other drainage works...


The Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Cecilia Dapaah, on Monday, 15 April 2019, said the government has allocated GHS197 million for the desilting of the country’s choked drains and other drainage works.

This was disclosed at a joint interaction between the ministry and the Greater Accra Metropolitan Water and Sanitation Projects in Accra.

The Minister told the press: “We just had a meeting last Friday; they are going to desilt our gutters. It looks like we are having early rains and the country must be prepared for the force majeure. We must be grateful to God for rains, unfortunately, rains can also cause havoc.”

She also said that people who get rid of waste indiscriminately at unauthorised places will be dealt with by the appropriate authorities.

The Project Coordinator of the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area Water and Sanitation Projects, Mr George Asiedu, also revealed that the desilting of 22 major drains in Accra ahead of the June/July rainy season will begin next week.

He said: “The 22 drains involve doing desilting and dredging. The purpose is to improve flow. Once we remove these solid wastes, which normally obstruct flow, we are hoping that with the onset of the rains, the flow will be improved and then flooding will be reduced to the barest minimum.”

Meanwhile, seven people died in Sunday’s rains, the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) has confirmed.

Four bodies were found at Adjei Kojo in Ashaiman while one was found at Odawna, the Public Relations Officer of NADMO, Mr George Ayisi told Benjamin Akakpo on Class91.3FM’s Executive Breakfast Show on Monday.

The deceased included a six-year-old who was swept away by the floods and a soldier.

Similar heavy rains killed five people the previous week.

Source: Ghana/ClassFMonline.com/91.3FM



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