Member of Parliament for the Klottey Korley, Dr. Zanetor Agyeman Rawlings, has called for the early appointment of new Mayor of Accra to ensure health, and cleanliness in the capital city and also ascertain the city's preparedness for the oncoming flood season.
Speaking in Parliament on Thursday, March 9th, Dr Zanetor Rawlings expressed that there was a need for committees on Environment, Science and Technology, Interior (including NADMO), Works and Housing, Local Government and Rural Development to meet in order to evaluate the country's preparedness to these crises.
With the June 3rd, 2015 Twin "Disasters" in fresh in mind, she said that the meeting should also ascertain what preemptive measures have been put in place to water-down the effect of these incidents.
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With the Klottey Korley constituency being in the Accra Metropolitan Area, Dr. Rawlings urged government to fast track the appointment of a new Chief Executive.
“So that we can work closely to ensure a clean, disciplined and orderly Capital city,” she added.
She also touched on the issue of waste disposal, of buildings in the wrong places, and the need for a relentless enforcing of government by-laws.
“With the onset of the early rains comes panic, a sense of helplessness and insecurity due to the internal displacement, loss of lives and property and disease outbreaks within our communities.
"We cannot prevent the storms, but we can certainly expedite measures to mitigate the effects of rainfall on our quality of life. The general trend is, most drains following each rainstorm are overflowing with plastics and other non-degradable material, “Dr Agyeman- Rawlings noted.
“Some of the factors that bring the floods are the poor disposal of refuse and choked drains, the loss of attenuation reservoirs between Aburi and Accra flouting of the laws regarding planning, building structures on waterways and a drainage system that no longer has the capacity to contain the volume of floodwater due to rainfall.”
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