The Greater Accra Regional Minister Ishmael Ashitey has disclosed measures have been taken to avert perennial flooding in Accra as the rains set in.
He said already, a contract had been awarded for the dredging of the Odaw river as well as the clearing of major drains that empty into the lagoon, noting that this would go a long away to channel excess water into the sea and to avert flooding.
With the seasonal rains setting in, and against the backdrop of heavy rainfall forecast for this year, there are fears the perennial flooding in the capital would cause even more devastation. But Mr Ashitey disclosed that beyond the dredging, a massive campaign to educate residents will be carried out.
“We have already given out a contract to Zoomlion to dredge the Odaw river and also to desilt most of the drains that go into the lagoon. Work is supposed to start today.
On Thursday, it is likely they will pass the (new) mayor of Accra at the assembly, so when he is able to go through on Thursday, on Friday we will go out and inspect work being done.
We are doing this very early in anticipation that when the rains come we should not get the usual flooding that we usually get,” he stated.