Nana Addo inspects dredging of Odaw river and other big drains in Accra

Nana Addo inspects dredging of Odaw river and other big drains in Accra

- President Akufo-Addo has visited some of the flooded areas in Accra

- He also inspected the progress of work at some of the big drains in the capital

President Nana Akufo-Addo, on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, inspected ongoing dredging works on the Odaw river, and the construction of a storm drain at Kaneshie 1st Light, in Accra.

Accompanied by the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Ishmael Ashitey; Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Cecilia Abena Dapaah; Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Hajia Alima Mahama; and the Mayor of Accra, Mohammed Adjei Sowah, President Akufo-Addo’s first port of call was the Kwame Nkrumah Circle.

The engineer on site, Wise Ametefe, told President Akufo-Addo that the dredging works currently ongoing are not limited to the Odaw River only, but to the Korle Lagoon and to the estuary.

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Upon completion of the project, the site engineer stated that a number of recreational facilities will be constructed on the site of the Odaw River, as part of the Lower Korle Lagoon Redevelopment Project, and urged residents living around the river to desist from throwing refuse into the river, as it has made the process dredging quite difficult.

Meanwhile, Dredge Masters Limited has since February 2019 silted over one million cubic meters of waste materials from the Odaw River and Korle Lagoon to pave way for water flow.

This was disclosed by the Hydrological Engineer of Dredge Masters Ltd, Ing.Wise Ametefe when the President visited the company in Accra to ascertain progress of work in dredging the Odaw River to give way for free flow of storm water to avoid flooding.

Nana Addo was happy when Managing Director of the company Captain Khan took him through pictorial designs by Dredge Masters to overhaul the Odaw River and Korle Lagoon into a modern beautiful asset which will attract tourists and business activities in the city of Accra.

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The company was busy with their equipment evacuating debris of waste in the river in order for water to flow freely.

Dredge Masters begun operations in June 2016, a year after the June 3 disaster at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle claiming several lives and property with a two-year contract awarded by the government under John Dramani Mahama.

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