New Juaben South MCE courts media

October 5, 2021 By 0 Comments

The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for the New Juaben South Assembly in Koforidua, Isaac Gyasi Apau, has indicated the readiness and commitment of his office to partner the media in the fight against environmental challenges.

According to the MCE, the role of the media in national development cannot be underestimated, and it is in this direction that he wants the media to use its various platforms for proper and effective education to create awareness among his constituents on the need to de-silt their gutters and practice environmental sanitation.

The MCE made the call during a day’s workshop, jointly organised by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) on climate change and its negative effects on Friday.

Mr. Apau said that despite bringing development to the doorstep of the people, like any other Metropolitan Municipal and District Chief Executive, one would pay heavily if environmental issues are disregarded.

Apau stated that the climate was changing very fast, hence, the need for all to act quickly to prevent and minimise further occurrence of disasters.

He added that the by-laws of the Assembly would be enforced to punish people who would deliberately or otherwise pollute the environment, and turn round to chastise the Assembly for doing little or nothing to save the situation when there was flooding.

Touching on his relationship with the media, the New Juaben South MCE stated that his relationship with the GJA dated back to 2000, as he had contributed towards the development of the media through capacity building, and both logistical and financial assistance.

He explained that knowing well the importance and significant role the media play in the development of the country, he has always been a supporter of the media since that is the only way to make the media strong and better.

Responding to the current rains and its havoc in the Municipality, the MCE, without mincing words, said: “Let no one make [a] mistake, but for the Nsukwa Basin, the current rain we are experiencing, the whole Koforidua would have [been] submerged. The rain that we are experiencing is abnormal.”

It could be recalled that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on May 7, 2019, cut the sod for the commencement of construction of the Nsukwao Basin Drainage Project at Koforidua.

The project, under the Ghana Secondary Cities Support Programme (GSCSP), was geared towards finding lasting solutions to the perennial floods, and improving urban management and basic urban services in 25 municipal assemblies across the country.

During the sod-cutting ceremony, President Akufo-Addo said the New Juaben Municipal Assembly had identified flooding as a major risk to the lives and livelihoods of people living at Nsukwao, Zongo, Two Streams, Abongri, and other communities within the municipality.

Nsukwao, the community in which the project would be situated, has, since 2016, recorded annual incidents of flooding, rendering most residents homeless.

President Akufo-Addo believes the Basin Drainage Project would deliver a storm drain that would minimise flooding in the identified communities at the cost of GH¢15,811,145.00, and under seven lots.

It would also involve the installation of four storm water surface retention ponds, distributed along the Nsukwao River, flow facilities, channelisation and stream bank stabilisation, concrete pipes and culverts, and two access roads.

President Akufo-Addo was confident that “this project will make flooding a history in New Juaben, and help restore and enhance livelihoods of the residents in the municipality.”

Many residents, particularly those around the basin, heaved a sigh of relief following the announcement and its construction, but it was short-lived, as they still experience flooding anytime it rained.

The MCE averred that, but for the construction of the basin, the entire Koforidua would have been submerged, and called on the people in the municipality to appreciate the President and Assembly.

He, however, admitted that, because the water was guided upstream, those downstream would suffer some floods, and assured them of the Assembly’s commitment to continue with the construction of huge gutters to direct the water into the Dansu River.