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Works and Housing Minister proposes $10bn ‘Drainage Bond’ to take care of perennial flooding

With choked gutters and drains recognized as amongst the cause of perennial flooding in the money metropolis and other urban places, Minister of Will work and Housing, Samuel Atta Akyea, has proposed the establishment of a ‘Drainage Bond’ to elevate cash for subterranean drains and other related infrastructure to forever correct the dilemma.

Describing the proposal as a radical just one, the Minister mentioned at minimum $10 billion would be essential to build these subterranean drains to enable offer with flooding for the duration of the wet period.

“I am of the humble see that in the lengthy-run developing subterranean drains would pay out off instead of the nation acquiring to spend income for the yearly desilting of drains and gutters,” he explained.


Mr Atta Akyea made the proposal on the sidelines of an exercise in pieces of Accra to desilt gutters and drains.

The work out, which is ongoing at Chemunaa, Sukura and its environs – all flood-susceptible areas in the money – is a collaboration concerning the Ministries of Will work and Housing, Nearby Authorities and Rural Improvement, Sanitation and H2o Means, Dredge Masters, Zoomlion Ghana Confined and the Assemblies.

The workout is aimed at guaranteeing that the drains and gutters within just communities, are absolutely free to make it possible for quick move of h2o to avoid floods which have the inclination to damage lives, properties and livelihoods.


Accompanied by the Mayor of Accra, Mohammed Adjei Sowah, Government Chairman of Zoomlion Ghana Constrained, Dr Joseph Siaw Agyepong, and some assembly customers, the Minister toured all the key flood-susceptible regions in which the desilting was ongoing.       

The tour took Mr Atta Akyea to communities which include Chorkor Chemunna, Borla Junction spot, Shukura, and Zamrama Line — all in the Ablekuma South Constituency, Bigger Accra Area. 

He stressed that constructing subterranean drains throughout the region will provide what he explained as a ‘permanent fix’ to the country’s perennial flooding and its attendant results.

Additionally, he described that a subterranean drainage system would place all the gutters and drains underground, rather of open up drains which have been with us because independence.

He considered that this sort of drainage method will reduce citizens from tipping rubbish from their homes into the open drains, ensuing in choked gutters with its attendant floods.

At Chorkor Chemunna, Mr Atta Akyea, the MP for the place, Dr Alfred Okoe Vanderpuijie, the Mayor of Accra and Dr Siaw Agyepong joined hands with the citizens to desilt the seriously choked gutters in the neighborhood.

The Functions and Housing Minister attributed the incidence of placing garbage in drains to the Ghanaian sub-society of making filth.

He explained this as a “bad habit” that will come again to punish inhabitants in the sort of breeding of mosquitoes, dysentery, diarrhea for the reason that of the inadequate management of the environment.


Mayor of Accra, Mohammed Adjei Sowah, admonished people in the national cash to show good attitudes in the direction of their environs.

These, he stated, included refraining from throwing rubbish into open up drains, indiscriminate littering and making certain that their environs are normally thoroughly clean, incorporating that his outfit would enforce the bye-rules on the environment.

On the footbridge throughout the Chemu Lagoon which was wrecked not too long ago, the Accra Mayor announced that options were being underway to build a concrete bridge which will also allow vehicular.

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