Gov’t takes bold steps to mitigate flooding at Nkrumah Circle, et al

The government has commenced construction works on the Nima-Paloma to Odaw drains. The construction works, which are being executed under the Greater Accra Resilience and Integrated Development (GARID) project, will see the upgrade of major drains from Nima, down to the Odaw Basin, in a move that will help mitigate flooding around the Ring Road, Kwame Nkrumah Interchange, Adabraka and Asylum Down.

Mr Oppong-Nkrumah about to perform officials ceremony for work to start on the project

At a sod-cutting ceremony in Accra yesterday, Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah, Minister for Works and Housing, emphasised the project’s pivotal role in mitigating the perennial flooding issues that have plagued Accra for years.

“This significant milestone is expected to help reduce the perennial flooding challenges in Accra and bring the needed relief to residents, commuters, traders and businesses, especially those in Asylum Down and the communities upstream,” he said.

The Minister said the GARID project not only aims to upgrade the drainage infrastructure but also includes the performance-based dredging of the Odaw River and the reconstruction of the broken sections of the Odaw channel at Achimota-Abofu, announcing future drainage improvement plans for Kaneshie, which will be executed in two lots: the construction of a storm drain from Accra Academy to Pramprom Junction, and another from the Bank of Ghana Quarters to the Odaw.

KON, Titus Glover, Accra Regional Minister and others after the sod cutting ceremony

“In the coming weeks, contracts will be signed for drainage improvement works in Kaneshie, in two lots. Work will commence with the relocation of utilities, after the completion of the ongoing resettlement of project-affected persons,” he added.

These developments, he explained, are part of the broader 2024 National Flood Control Programme, which involves dredging activities, concrete lining of storm drainage channels and the removal of critical bottlenecks in major drains, particularly in flood hotspots across the country.

Mr. Titus Glover, the Greater Accra Regional Minister, in his remarks, praised government’s efforts in improving the country’s drainage infrastructure. He pledged strong coordination from his office to ensure the timely execution and completion of the project.

Minister Glover also admonished residents to maintain high hygienic standards, warning that those who defecate openly or dump refuse into the drains would face penalties.

The official sod-cutting ceremony

“Government efforts in improving our drainage systems are commendable, and it is imperative that residents also do their part. Open defecation and refuse dumping into drains will not be tolerated, and offenders will be dealt with,” he said.

Dr. Ohene Sarfo, the GARID Project Coordinator, provided further details on the construction works. He noted that the construction of the 10-meter by 3-meter, 1-kilometer drains is expected to take 18 months and measures are in place to ensure that that the contractor delivers according to the project timeline without compromising the quality of work.

He said the commencement of the project is a crucial step toward addressing the flooding issues that have long affected Accra’s residents and businesses emphasizing that it holistic approach, encompassing dredging, reconstruction, and new drainage systems, aims to create a more resilient and safer environment for all. He urged residents to bear with the constructors as they work around the clock to bring relief to them.

Present at the sod-cutting were the Member of Parliament for the area Dr. Zanetor Rawlings, Municipal Chief Executive, Samuel James Nii Adjei Tawiah, Atukpai Mantse II, Nii Tetteh Adjabeng, among other notable dignitaries.


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