The Minister of Works and Housing, Francis Asenso-Boakye, has commended Zoomlion Ghana over ongoing dredging works on the Odaw River and Korle lagoon.
The Minister, who was on an official tour to inspect ongoing works by his Ministry in Accra yesterday, said the tour would afford him the opportunity to get first hand details on the various projects.
After the tour, he commended Dredge Masters, a subsidiary of Zoomlion, for the quality works executed so far, adding that the dredging would help prevent any disaster during the rains.
“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 Dredge Masters. This dredging works will prevent another major disaster,” he emphasized.
The Minister also reiterated the government’s commitment to resolving the issue of perennial flooding. He disclosed that the government had spent about GHC230 million to help mitigate the effects of flooding in the country.
“Since the infamous June disaster, government has instituted annual dredging; that is why there is no flooding. It is obvious that government has done a lot in tackling the perennial flooding,” Mr Asenso-Boakye stressed.
“As a development partner, 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 admonished the citizenry to be responsible, and charged the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) to enforce the by-laws in order to prevent any potential flooding.