The Works and Housing Minister, Francis Asenso Boakye has reiterated government’s commitment to resolving the flooding issue confronting the country.
While admitting that the phenomenon has intensified, the Minister at a press briefing said government had invested a lot of resources in averting the challenge.
According to him, the Akufo-Addo government has constructed more drainage systems than any other administration in the history of the country.
“Government’s commitment to improving our settlements’ resilience to flooding has been unwavering,” he said on Sunday.
“Over the past four years, investment in flood control measures under the 2018 and 2020 National Control Programmes has been the highest commitment by any government in our history. Committing approximately GHS 450 million.
“To date, 2018/2020 National Flood Control Programme has completed the construction of some 35km of drains, while over 1000km drains have been excavated, rechanneled and maintained across the country all to reduce to devastating occurrence of flooding,” he said.
Perennial flooding has been a major challenge the Greater Accra Region has been battling for decades.
In May this year, parts of Accra recorded two flooding incidents in just four days.
Urban centres in the Greater Accra Region, including North Kaneshie, Kwame Nkrumah Circle and Kasoa have been flooded.
The phenomenon obstructed traffic flow on some major roads in the capital.
The Kaneshie Polyclinic was forced to shut down after flood waters intruded the premises.
This has caused many citizens to call on government to take a drastic measures to curb the situation.
It is on the back of these calls, that Mr Boakye gave government’s “unwavering” assurance to resolve the issue.
He further noted that flooding is not only peculiar to Ghana.
Citing countries including Germany, France, Britain, and China, among others, he said, “these incidents point to the increasing role of climate change.”
He, however, noted that government will not shirk its responsibilities to revamp the drainage systems of the country to avert future occurrence.
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