Works and Housing Minister calls for stakeholder support to address flooding issues

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The Minister of Works and Housing, Francis Asenso-Boakye, has reiterated government’s  resolve at tackling the perennial flooding challenges in Accra through the implementation of the Greater Accra Resilient and Integrated Development (GARID) project, with funding from the World Bank.

Mr Asenso-Boakye, who is the Chairman of the Inter-Ministerial Committee, said this at the 3rd Steering Committee meeting of the Greater Accra Resilient and Integrated Development (GARID) project.

He  said the project, when completed, will help improve flood risk and solid waste management while improving access to basic infrastructure and services in the targeted flood prone communities in the Greater Accra region.

“The project also seeks to improve access to basic infrastructure and services in targeted flood prone communities and foster adaptation of the flood management infrastructure to climate change in the region,” he added.

GARID

GARID is a collaborative effort of some implementing ministries, made up of the Ministry of Works and Housing, Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources, and Ministry of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development.

“The government believes that no Ghanaian deserves to die or lose his/her properties just because God has decided to bless us with rains. Every single life is important, and that is why we are making the right investments to find more lasting solutions to sanitation and flooding challenges in Accra,” Mr Asenso-Boakye indicated.

The Minister also underscored the importance of stakeholder support, especially from the public.

“I am certain that the holistic approach being adopted by the GARID project in tackling the twin challenges of flooding and solid waste management will help improve sanitation and flooding situations in Accra. I therefore appeal to all stakeholders, especially residents of Accra and affected areas, to support this initiative,” he asserted.

The meeting was also attended by the Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Madam Cecilia Abena Dapaah; the Minister of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development, Mr Dan Botwe; as well as officials from the project implementing office ministries.

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