Minister for Works and Housing Francis Asenso-Boakye has expressed satisfaction with dredging works done at the Odaw river and Korle-lagoon in Accra.
The Minister who was on an official tour of ongoing works by his Ministry yesterday, also disclosed that he is touring flood prone areas to ascertain the level of works done by Dredging Masters.
Accordingly, Mr Asenso-Boakye commended Dredging Masters for the quality works executed so far, adding that the dredging would help prevent any flood disaster.
“As you all know I’ve just assumed office I have started touring projects under the Ministry. I am amazed by the quality of works by the dredging masters…This dredging works will prevent major disasters”, he emphasised.
The Minister also reiterated government’s commitment towards resolving the issue of perennial flooding, disclosing that government has spent about GH¢230million on prevention of flooding in the country.
“Since June 3, disaster government has instituted annual dredging that is why there is no major flooding. It is obvious that government has done a lot in tackling the perennial flooding”, Mr Asenso-Boakye stressed.
He however expressed worry over the activities of people who throw garbage into the major drains, adding that solving perennial flooding is a collective responsibility.
“As a development planner, I see development as a collective responsibility. Dumping of bicycles and refrigerators into gutters is what is causing the flooding”, he said.
Mr Asenso-Boakye has therefore called on the citizenry to be responsible in waste disposal.
He also charged the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) to enforce the by-laws in order to prevent any potential flooding.
The Works and Housing Minister, as part of the tour, visited the Korle-Lagoon dredging site, the IRECOP dredging site, the Odaw dredging site at Circle and Caprice.