Ghana needs an estimated 10 billion US dollars to permanently solve its perennial flooding menace, Minister for Works and Housing, Samuel Atta Akyea has said.
Samuel Atta Akyea explained that the construction of a subterranean drainage system, where all the gutters and drains are underground, instead of open drains, is Ghana’s surest bet as far as the lasting solution to the nation’s recurrent flooding problem which puts human lives and properties at risk is concerned.
The Minister added that this type of drainage is highly capital intensive which is projected to cost the nation $10 billion. Admitting that the project is ambitious and costly, he noted, Ghana can only fund such a project mainly by going to the capital or the bonds market to raise such an amount.
The MP for Akim Abuakwa South in the Eastern Region made this observation while on a tour to kick-start an exercise to actively involve communities to desilt their gutters in flood-prone areas in Accra over the weekend.
He told to reporters that, “we do not have a choice. We would have to tackle this by going to the capital/bond market to raise about US$10 billion to undertake such a project.”
“I am of the humble view that in the long-run constructing subterranean drains would pay off instead of the country having to pay more money for the yearly desilting of drains and gutters,” Samuel Atta Akyea added.
Justifying his call for the underground drainage system, the sector Minister highlighted that it will prevent the prying eyes of recalcitrant citizens from tipping garbage from their homes into gutters, something that usually choke gutters and eventually cause flooding during the raining season.
The ‘de-silt choked gutters exercise’ is a collaboration between the Ministries of Works and Housing, Local Government and Rural Development, Sanitation and Water Resources, Dredge Masters, Zoomlion Ghana Limited and the various MMDAs.
According to authorities, the exercise is aimed at ensuring that the periodic flooding during the rainy season which destroys lives, properties and livelihoods is averted this year.