By Godwill Arthur-Mensah/ Desmond O. Nyarko, GNA
GNA – Mr. Samuel Atta Akyea, the Minister of Works and Housing, on Wednesday,
announced plans to reduce the incidents of flooding across the country through
channel improvement works.
media in Accra, about some of those interventions, the Sector Minister said
works were underway under the Ministry’s 2018 Flood Relief Works Programme,
where contracts had been awarded to contractors for concrete lining of some
there would be reconstruction of culverts and creation of channels in areas
that were not properly defined, especially in flood prone areas ahead of the
2019 raining season.
He added that
plans were underway to dredge and desilt choked drains, while channel
improvement works had begun on some sections of the Odaw River, which had been
the major cause of flooding in some areas in Accra.
he said, the Ministry would provide a “temporary fix” to the flooding situation
as it worked out plans for a long-term solution.
cited areas like Agbogba, Achimota, Legon Westlands, Pantang and A-Lang in the
Greater Accra Region, while Dichemso, Aboabo and Atonsu in the Ashanti Region
and Akatsi in the Volta Region as well as Cape Coast in the Central Region
would benefit from the Ministry’s improvement works.
that had been earmarked for desilting include Haatso, Kwabenya, Kweiman,
Oyarifa, North Industrial Area, Osu Castle, Lashibi and Lapaz.
outlined some main drains and tributaries of the Odaw River that would be
desilted such as South Kaneshie, Onyasia, Mukose and Nima.
He said, the
Ministry had renewed the dredging contract of Messrs Dredge for two years and
would embark on dredging exercise at lower section of the Odaw channel from
Caprice to the Outfall Sea Bridge.
He said plans would
be made to evacuate and dispose the dredged materials properly to landfill
sites in order to prevent them from being washed back to the channel.
section of the Odaw Channel is the most critical in the flood management of the
Odaw River, therefore work is expected to commence immediately ahead of the
2019 rain season,” Mr Atta Akyea pointed out.
stated that the Ministry had taken other measures to mitigate flood risk,
including the construction of detention ponds, flood plain lowering, channel
expansion, flood zoning and early warning signals within the Odaw catchment
He said some of
those measures being considered are the Greater Accra Climate Resilience and
the Integrated Development Project (GARID), which is being supported by the
World Bank, and expected to come on stream by November 2020.