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Flooding Will End in Accra Forever- Asenso-Boakye.

The Minister of Work and Housing who doubles as the Member of Parliament for Batama, Francis Asenso-Boakye said the government is committed to ending perennial flooding in Accra permanently. His comment followed the flood that happened in Accra and other parts of Ghana.

According to him, government will do everything possible to end the challenge forever. He tasks planning agencies to enforce the law strictly. They have to make sure that people build at the right place, to avoid the annual flooding that happens Accra every raining season. He is optimistic that, the government can find everlasting solution to the problem.

Accra is at the Southern sector of Ghana, and many water from different areas comes down to Accra, and enters the sea. The place is a low land, which makes it easy for water to run there. Due to that, the place gets easily flooded and destroys properties and human life.


The cause of flooding in Ghana is based on three things, Politics, Technical and Attitudinal;

First of all, the challenge of flooding, comes from politicians. They are the policy makers, and instead of making policies that will end the problem, they des what will win them elections. Even when they make the policies, they fail to implement it strictly. All over the country, houses are built on water ways, but they don’t demolish them, thinking of the next election. They always allocate few resources to the Ministry, which prevents them from working effectively.

Again, the challenge also comes from Technical perspective. The technocrats that are given the responsibility to take in charge of our country planning and development, failed Ghana woefully. They rather use the opportunity to amass wealth for themselves. People still build on water ways and unauthorized places, without any action taken against them. The contractor does shoddy works on bridges and drainage, which can’t contain even a splitting rain. People paid to desilt the drainages and gutters also do a poor job, by leaving the sand and the rubbish there, rain and wind take it back, then is choked again.

In addition, attitudes of Ghanaians contribute to the flooding issues in the country. The citizens intentionally damp rubbish in the gutters and other drainage systems. They intentionally build on water ways, by filling the place with rubbish, then raise a structure on it. The more people settle in Accra; the worse nature the situation becomes. If the citizens realize that, their bad attitude of throwing rubbish anywhere, and sitting unconcerned about the high level of sanitation threat on the society, then change will happened.

Many are of the view that, he is playing a mere politics, and he can’t achieve it. Others also claimed that, due to the precedence of promise and fail from politicians, no one should expect anything new, until it happens. He has showed commitment that, he is willing to work, if every necessary tools are given to him. Everyone has to support him do the job.

Every indication showed that, the ministers assigned to that ministry are willing to work, but resources is their challenge. Former Work and housing Minister Atta Kyea, made it clear previous years that, he is willing to work but there are no enough resources to tackle the problem. Successive governments always rather played politics with the situation.

The problem is not only from politicians, the technocrats and the people themselves are the problem. It is time for everyone to be responsible in the society. It is time to realize properties and lives lost is enough. The day everyone will made up their minds to make the vision of the president, to make Accra the cleanest city in Ghana, we will all get a happy place to live together with the future generation.

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