Francis Asenso-Boakye, Minister of Works and Housing, said the government would take serious measures to alleviate the country’s perennial flooding problems.
The Minister made the remarks on a tour of some of Accra and Tema’s flooded neighborhoods as a result of the weekend’s heavy rains.
Francis Asenso-Boakye acknowledged that the government is aware of the country’s flooding problem and will handle it, citing a flood situation in Accra in the 1960s.
“We had some flooding in 1960 as well,” he said. “This means that the problem has been with us for some time and that we are aware of it and must take appropriate action.”
Mr. Asenso Boakye, the Minister of Housing, is dissatisfied that the situation has not improved despite the government’s significant investment in flood relief.
He stated that unauthorized construction, notably on waterways, must be stopped.
“Whenever you are meant to build, you must go to the District Assembly and get a building permit, but most individuals do not do so.” They can build wherever they like, but it is the role of the District Assembly to ensure that licenses are issued, and if permissions are not issued, the District Assembly should be decisive and demolish any facility that has not received a permit,” he said.
Accra and other cities in the Greater Accra Region, including North Kaneshie, Kwame Nkrumah Circle, and Kasoa in the Central Region, were flooded after hours of rain on Saturday.
The occurrence caused traffic congestion on several main highways in the capital.
After Saturday evening’s storm, videos surfaced on Twitter showing flooded houses and streets.
Officials from the Ministry of Housing, the Hydrological Services Department, and the National Disaster Management Organization accompanied Housing Minister Francis Asenso-Boakye on the trip on Sunday, May 22. (NADMO).
The Minister’s visit was intended to determine the source and impact of the flooding as well as empathize with those who had been affected.
Odawna, Nkrumah Circle, Adabraka, Osu, Teshie, Sakumono, and sections of Tema were among the areas visited by the Minister.