Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, the running mate to the flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), has said that Ghanaians must take “collective responsibility” for perennial flooding across the country, especially in the capital, Accra.
Speaking on Accra-based Citi FM on Friday, he said each time flooding devastated part of the country, Ghanaians would pledge to take necessary measures to fix the problem, but that would not be done until another rainy season came and flooding took place.
“I think it is a collective failure on our part as a country. These things should be solved.
“We should all collectively blame ourselves for these problems because we haven’t prioritised some of the basic needs that have to be taken care of if we are to make progress as a country,” he said.
Accra was submerged after rains which began at about 4am on Thursday persisted throughout the day.
Several areas of the capital were flooded, with individuals and businesses counting their losses.
A three-year-old girl in Tema drowned in rapid waters, according to a report by myjoyonline.com.
Shalom Okyerera was reportedly seen being carried away by the flood waters but residents in the area could not rescue her.
The development comes a year after the June 3 flood and fire disaster claimed 153 lives in Accra.