President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has commanded that all barriers to the free flow of water, as well as developments around rivers, be removed immediately.
They (MMDAs) are also responsible for ensuring that developers follow Ghana’s planning regulations to the letter, as well as sanctioning personnel who have provided licenses for structures to be built on waterways as a deterrent to others.
The President gave the orders on Wednesday at Adjei Kojo in Ashaiman, near Accra, as he commissioned four ultra-modern dredging equipment owned by Dredge Masters Limited (DML), a subsidiary of the Jospong Group of Companies.
DML is a leading dredging contractor in Ghana and across the African continent. The organization has a lot of experience with integrated dredging and other associated services.
The President stated that a monitoring unit had been established at Jubilee House to guarantee strict adherence to those directions, and that it would report directly to him on the success of the implementation of those measures.
“I am, thus, putting all MMDCEs on notice. You will be held accountable for any breaches that result in damage from flooding. As President of the Republic, I will not allow the selfish acts of a few to jeopardize the collective futures of the rest of us.”
President Akufo-Addo also admonished “unpatriotic citizens” to stop the dumping of refuse into open drains.
“Regardless of the investment that is made in the construction of well-engineered drains, the indiscriminate disposal of solid waste into open drains and channels will reduce our capacity to end the problem of flooding.
“I urge all those engaged in such practices to put an end to it,” he charged.
The President noted with the threat posed by climate change leading to many coastal nations being susceptible to flooding, it is of the utmost necessity that the integrity of shorelines is regularly maintained.
“Climate change is already with us in Africa it is evidenced by the prolonged and intense droughts in Eastern Africa, unprecedented floods in Western Africa and indeed in Ghana.
“The depletion of rain forest along the equator and increase in ocean acidity around Africa’s southern coast, vastly altered weather patterns and climate extremes that are threatening agricultural productions, food security, health, water and energy security, all these are undermining Africa’s ability to grow, develop and bring prosperity to her long-suffering masses.”
Thus, Dredge companies, the President said, have, traditionally, contributed to coastal protection projects and the maintenance of shorelines, and have increasingly improved their engineering technologies to achieve this.
“For us, in Ghana, Dredge Masters has made significant contributions to this end, and the introduction, today, of two Ultra-Modern IHC Beaver and two IHC Workboats means that Ghana, and, indeed, the West African market have their own indigenous company, with the capability of dredging to a depth of 16 metres. We do not need to look outside anymore when it comes to the dredging of dams, reservoirs, ports, harbours and in land reclamation activities,” he said.