On Thursday, the Minister for Works and Housing, Francis Asenso-Boakye, informed parliament that the government has spent GH¢450 million since 2018 to tackle flooding in the country.
He described it as “the most substantial investment from government funding sources dedicated to addressing flooding.”
The investment was geared towards “enhancing the flood resilience of our vulnerable communities” and was part of a National Flood Control Programme.
The government initiated 384 desilting projects and 202 drainage channel construction projects under the programme.
So far, 370 desilting projects, representing 96%, have been completed, and 84 drainage channel construction projects, representing 42%, have been finished, with the remaining 118 at different stages of completion, the Minister announced.
According to him, the programme has resulted in the mitigation of flood hazards in beneficiary communities such as Kuntunse Satellite, Achimota Mile 7, Katamanso, Mamprobi, Abeka-Ayigbe Town, Labadi Olympia, Nungua (United Church Area), Haatso, Madina Firestone, Madina Mayehot, Madina Redco, Madina Oblogo, Dome Crossing, Weija GEICEL, Kasoa Iron City, Kasoa Obom, Nsuoano stream in Ngleshie Amanfrom and Ashaiman.
“Mr Speaker, other selected flood hot spots that are benefitting from the 2020 Program include Kasoa Millennium City, Adenta Sakora, Nsakyi, Ablekuma, Dawhyenya Dome Railway Crossing, New Legon, Adenta, Sango and Naapladjor Drains, Kakum River, Birim River, Leprosarium Drain, Densu River, Korkordjor River, Owabi River, Sefwi Wiaso, Aboabo Drain, to name a few.”