Minister of Works and Housing calls on public to stop building on waterways to curb flooding

Francis Asenso-Boakye, the Minister of Works and Housing, has emphasized that the government’s efforts to prevent recurrent flooding across the country will be futile if the public continues to erect structures in unauthorized locations. The ministry claims that the government is working diligently to construct sufficient drainage systems to prevent flooding during rainfall.

The sector minister has urged the public to refrain from constructing on waterways. He stated that human activities undermine the impact of government investment to mitigate flood risk. Citizens must support the government’s efforts by respecting regulations, settlements planning, and avoiding the construction of buildings on waterways and drainage, he added.

In addition, the Ministry of Works and Housing revealed that the government is partnering with the World Bank to invest $200 million through the Greater Accra Resilient and Integrated Development Project (GARID) as part of efforts to combat flooding in vulnerable communities.

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