President Akufo Addo inspects ongoing works to mitigate flooding in Accra

22.May.2019

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Tuesday inspected ongoing dredging of the Odaw River, and the construction of storm drains in the Accra metropolis. 

These projects are part of measures to free all choked drains in the city to improve the flow of rain water during the raining season and reduce flooding.

The President who was accompanied by the Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Ms Cecilia Abena Dapaah, Minister for Works and Housing, Samuel Atta Akyea, Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Hajia Alima Mahama,  the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Ishmael Ashitey and the Mayor of Accra, Mohammed Adjei Sowah began the inspection  from the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange where the Odaw river  is currently being dredged  after which he visited the  ongoing drainage construction at the Kaneshie First  light. 

Briefing the President on the progress of work on the Odaw, Captain Khan, an Engineer with Dredge Masters, said the dredging of the Odaw river and the Korle Lagoon would help  create a passage for the flood run-off waters into the sea adding that work is expected to be completed in the next 18 days.  

 The President Akufo-Addo in response promised to visit the area in the next 18 days as noted by the engineers to assess the progress of work.   

At Kaneshie First Light junction, opposite Accra Academy where a 600- metre drain is being constructed, the Project manager, Mr. George Asiedu, told the President that the project when completed would help end the perennial flooding that occurs around Kaneshie and its environs.

“It is heart-warming to note that, after Monday’s heavy downpour, there was no flooding at Kaneshie and its environs, even though the work has not been completed,” he said, adding that the project would be completed in June this year.  

He noted that the project is expected to link the roadside drains in the area into the underground drain.