Sanitation Ministry develops mobile App to clean Ghana

The winners being presented with their cheque at the end of the competition

The winners being presented with their cheque at the end of the competition

The Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources has organised a three-day technology competition, aimed at developing a mobile application that could help solve the country’s sanitation challenges.

Dubbed, the “Sanitation Hackathon,” the competition brought together programme developers, Information Technology specialists and sanitation advocates, to come up with digital solutions on how to effectively and efficiently manage the country’s waste management problems.

Held on the theme: “Managing waste through hacking,” the event was put together by the ministry with support from the World Bank.

The contest received 300 applications, out of which 35 teams were selected for the final stage, which was organised from November 17 to 19, 2018 at the Alisa Hotel in Accra.

The participants, judges and some officials from the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources

he various teams made presentations on their developed mobile Apps and defended why their Apps could help address the sanitation challenges in the country.

Winners

At the end of the competition, the first placed team, which developed an App called “Nsuo” received US$5,000, tablets, and a six-month data package from Surfline.

Some of winners with their cheque

The second and third-placed teams, Beamers and Sani-GH received US$3,000 and US$2,000 respectively in addition to tablets and six months data packages from Surfline.

Also, teams that displayed commitment and creativity in their works were honoured with special awards. They were Team Kijani, Smart Team and Sani-GH Team.

Some of winners with their cheque

While Team Kijani was awarded the Most Innovative Solution, Smart Team and Sani-GH were awarded the Promising Solution and Good Teamwork respectively.

Waste management

In a speech read on her behalf, the Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Mrs Cecilia Abena Dapaah stressed the need for an increased awareness on safe disposal of human excreta through the use of improved household toilets.

Some of winners with their cheque

She said as part of efforts to improve the sanitation situation in the country, the ministry through the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA) Sanitation and Water Project, has constructed 13,500 household toilets, adding that the project “is expected to construct an additional 7,000 toilets by the middle of 2019.”

Mrs Dapaah further indicated that the GAMA project would construct 406 institutional toilets in 246 schools across the Greater Accra Region to ensure that open defecation is eradicated in the beneficiary schools.

Technology

Touching on the competition, she said, the ministry “in collaboration with the World Bank and Information Technology Partners is organizing the Sanitation Hackathon to leverage on technology to solve some of the sanitation challenges” in the country.

“Technology is playing a significant role in addressing some of the developmental challenges in the country,” Mrs Dapaah said, noting that “Integrating Information Technology in sanitation is therefore a step in the right direction.”

Some of winners with their cheque

She, however, called on the media to galvanize support for the ministry to reach majority of Ghanaians with the needed messages that “will bring about change in the attitudes, behaviour and practices which are the bane of the sanitation challenges we are currently facing as a country.”

Efforts

The Chief Director of the Ministry of Sanitation, Mr Anthony Mensah commended the contestants for their dedication and innovativeness in coming out with digital solutions to the country’s sanitation challenges, particularly on how to manage solid waste.

He said the ministry would critically examine all the best ideas that were offered by the participating teams as part of the goal of making the country the cleanest city in Africa.

The participants, judges and some officials from the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources

The Chief Executive Officer of the Soronko Academy, Regina Honu, who chaired the judges for the competition, said all the ideas presented by the various teams were good and therefore urged the participants not to relent on their efforts in helping the country to solve its sanitation problems.

 

GAMA picks up ‘Most Impactful Project’ at 2018 WASH Awards

GAMA picks up ‘Most Impactful Project’ at 2018 WASH Awards

Ing. George Asiedu Project Coordinator. GAMA Sanitation and Water Project (In White) picking the award.

The GAMA Sanitation and Water Project, has been awarded ‘Most Impactful Project’ at the 2018 National WASH Stewardship Awards which took place at Sogakope in the Volta Region on Thursday. The objective of the GAMA’s project is to increase access to sanitation and water to low-income urban communities in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA).

The project has currently provided over 13,500 household with toilet facilities, and has provided water to over four thousand households in such communities.

Even though the project will end in 2020, it is expected to exceed most of its targets.

the project is currently operating in eleven metropolitan and municipal Assemblies across GAMA.

The project has four components. The first component is the provision of environmental sanitation and water supply services to priority low-income areas under the GAMA, with a strong focus on liquid sanitation.

This component also includes the development and implementation of a hygiene and sanitation behavior change campaign targeted at low-income households, and a major learning and dissemination effort aimed at informing a large-scale institutionalized approach to upgrading sanitation in low-income communities.

Ing. George Asiedu, Project Coordinator, GAMA Sanitation and Water Project.

The second component is the improvement and expansion of the water distribution network in the GAMA.

The objective of this component is to improve and expand the water distribution network in order to provide pipe-borne water to the targeted people living in low-income communities in the GAMA.

This component will also support the acquisition and installation of water meters and other equipment, as well as the provision of services, aimed at improving water demand management and reducing non-revenue water.

The third component is the planning, improvement, and expansion of GAMA-wide environmental sanitation services. The objective of this component is to develop integrated GAMA-wide plans for liquid and solid waste management and drainage, and to finance critical elements to improve the collection, treatment, and disposal of wastewater and septic sludge.

The fourth component is institutional strengthening of Municipal, Metropolitan, and national institutions.

This component is to strengthen institutions of the GAMA, especially the waste management departments, to be accountable and responsible. It involves capacity building of staff members of the various institutions, stakeholders’ training, reviewing of by-laws of the MMDAs and other activities.

In 2013, the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved a US$155 million International Development Association (IDA) grant to support the Government of Ghana’s efforts to increase access to sanitation and water supply services. It is also intended for the improvement of the capacity of government agencies to plan and manage natural resources in a more sustainable manner.

The funds were to support two of the Government of Ghana’s priorities: manage natural resources in a sustainable manner, and bring improved sanitation and water supply to over 3.6 million people living in and around the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA).

Citi FM awarded for promoting water, sanitation issues in Ghana

Citi FM was also adjudged the ‘Most Impactful Media for Promoting Water, Sanitation and Hygiene-related (WASH) issues at the 2018 National WASH Stewardship Awards’.

LIFE TIME AWARDS
1. Prof. Esi Awuah
2. Mr R. K. D. VanEss
3. Mr Minta Aboagye
4. Mr Naa Lenason Demedeme
5. Thomas Sayibu Imoro

DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS
1. UNICEF
2. World Bank
3. Royal Netherlands Embassy
4. USAID
5. European Union
6. Global Affairs, Canada

COMPETITIVE CATEGORIES
1. Safe Water: World Vision
2. Basic Sanitation: Global Communities
3. Advocacy: WaterAid
4. Research & Development: Prof. Kwabena Nyarko
5. Private Sector: Zoomlion
6. Media: CitiFM
7. Most Impactful Project- GAMA sanitation and Water Project

Source: Kojo Agyeman | citinewsroom.com | Ghana

Sanitation ministry gears up for hackathon

Sanitation ministry gears up for hackathon

Cecilia Dapaah is the new Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources

The Ministry for Sanitation and Water Resources in partnership with the World Bank is gearing up for this year’s Sanitation Hackathon.

The Hackathon brings together IT professionals to develop a technological solution to problems within a specific timeline.

This year, the Sanitation Ministry seeks to develop IT solutions to Ghana’s sanitation crisis.

This year’s event will take place between November 17 – 19, 2018.

Shortlisted IT professionals will be camped at a specific location during this period while developing digital solutions to the given problem.

Liquid Waste Programs Manager at the Sanitation Ministry, Henrietta Osei-Tutu told Citi News “the objective of this Hackathon is to provide a good avenue for us harness and latch on to improve our gains and also leapfrog our progress towards improved sanitation. Sanitation in Ghana is lagging tremendously; both liquid waste and solid waste. Also access to toilets. So the Hackathon will help us address these issues in our homes, communities and the country as a whole.”

Some of the thematic areas the Hackathon will target include “indiscriminate littering and waste collection.”

Harold Esseku, a consultant for the World Bank, said “Whatever the guys are going to do, it should be something that doesn’t require one million dollars from someone. But something simple and practical which can help change the unpalatable sanitation situation in Ghana.”

The Sanitation Hackathon is under the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA) Sanitation and Water Project and financed by the World Bank.


By: citinewsroom.com/Ghana

 

Shop owners and drivers praise GAMA for addressing flooding at Mallam Junction

Shop owners, traders, trotro and taxi drivers at Mallam Junction Ecobank have praised the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA), Sanitation and Water Project for constructing a drain to curb the perennial flooding in the area.

According to some traders, shop owners trotro and taxi drivers ghanamps.com caught up with during a rain storm on Monday that lasted for more than three hours, the area would have been flooded but for the construction of the drain and widening it at Mallam Junction.

A visit to the area after Mondays down pour witnessed traders going about their normal activities likewise shop owners, trotro and taxi drivers, whiles rain water was gashing out in heavy volumes through the drains.

Mr. Kwasi Adu a taxi driver who loads passengers to, Mallam and CP in an interview noted that with the construction of the drain, the perennial flooding of Mallam Junction Ecobank is now a thing of the past.

A fashion designer, Aboagye Dakosta, who owns a shop at Mallam Junction Ecobank expressed relief that this year as the rain had set in so far there has not been flooding in the area, and noted that in the previous years the area experienced flooding with the slightest down pour of rain that lasts for more than two hours.

Staffs of National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), at the Weija -Gbawe Municipal Assembly indicated that with the construction of the drain, heavy down pour had not displaced people this time around.

As officials from the Regional and the District offices of NADMO had had earlier visited Mallam Junction and its environment after a heavy down pour but did not record any disaster.

Story Author : Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/ghanamps.com

Deployment of Sanitation Brigade begins next month

Mr Michael Dzato (3rd left), Deputy Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources interacting with Mr Jonathan Slater (left), Prize Manager of the IMC  Worldwide at the workshop  in Accra. Those in the picture includes Mr Mawuena Dotse (4th left), a Consultant of the Maple Consult and other officials. Picture: Gabriel Ahiabor

Mr Michael Dzato (3rd left), Deputy Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources interacting with Mr Jonathan Slater (left), Prize Manager of the IMC Worldwide at the workshop in Accra. Those in the picture includes Mr Mawuena Dotse (4th left), a Consultant of the Maple Consult and other officials.
A nationwide deployment of sanitation brigade is to begin in August this year with an initial 1100 of them going to 22 metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies (MMDAs).

The Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Mr Joseph Adda, who made this known in Accra, did not mention the beneficiary MMDAs.

Event
This was contained in a speech read on behalf of the minister at a Sanitation Challenge for Ghana (SC4Gh) Learning and Practice Convening (LPC) workshop for 17 participating MMDAs yesterday.

The two-day LPC workshop seeks to stimulate peer learning exchange and co-generate innovations to inform improved practices and speedy implementation of liquid waste management (LWM) value chain results captured in the strategies of the 17 MMDAs. The MMDAs will also go through judging criteria and processes.

It will also facilitate field visits to moderate liquid waste treatment and reuse facilities in Accra and Tema to enable MMDAs to jointly reflect on ways to adapt and enhance partnerships with non-state actors to intensify the implementation of activities.

Concept

The Sanitation Brigade concept is one of the interventions made by the government to improve on the country’s sanitation sector.

Members of the brigade are to ensure adherence to the rules and regulations on sanitation in both state and private properties within the MMDAs.

They will conduct regular visits to all offices to ensure compliance on sanitation issues and where necessary, take legal action against those infringing on the laws.

Each of the 22 MMDAs will have about 50 of the brigade members.

Training of members of the brigade is expected to begin next week prior to their deployment.

Other interventions

Mr Adda said the ministry had also initiated processes to undertake other interventions such as the evacuation of additional dump sites in 22 MMDAs across the country, the procurement of refuse collection trucks and equipment and the rolling out of a street-sweeping scheme to keep ceremonial and major streets in the country clean at all times.

Others are part payment of outstanding waste collection bills, facilitation of processes for the completion of already-started landfill projects within the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA) and restructuring of waste management business value chain to ensure innovation and hands-on solutions to Ghana’s sanitation challenges.

Waste collection services will also be streamlined to make them sustainable. Besides, the ministry is also negotiating the acquisition of parcels of land for the construction of integrated treatment facilities countrywide.

Among interventions already made by the government are ensuring a 24-hour operation at the Tema landfill site, while under the GAMA project, over 6,000 household toilets in low-income communities and 260 institutional toilets have been built.

According to Mr Adda, the Central Accra Sewerage System which included a treatment plant and pump stations had also been completed, while the construction of 200,000 toilets as part of a one-household, one-toilet programme had been initiated.

Source: dailygraphiceditorials
BY: Edmund Smith-Asante

Lack of toilets in schools hindering girls education

Lack of toilets in schools hindering girls education

it is estimated that almost 50 percent of basic schools in the country do not have access to toilets and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) facilities.

This situation it is said makes it difficult for girls in their menstrual period to stay in school during that time of the month.

As part of activities marking this year’s Menstrual Hygiene Day, an awareness programme was held in Tema aimed at educating girls, boys and stakeholders on the benefits of menstrual hygiene for girls.

It was held on the theme: “No more limits, empowering women and girls through menstrual hygiene management.” More than 1,000 students of basic and second-cycle schools in the Tema metropolis attended the programme.

The event was organised by the Ghana Education Service, the World Bank, GAMA Sanitation and Water Project, the Global Partnership for Output-Based Aid (GPOBA), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Unilever Ghana Foundation.

In an interview with journalists, the Deputy Director in charge of Environmental Health and Management at the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources, Mr Kweku Quansah, said the celebration of the day would help break the silence and build awareness of menstruation to enable women and girls to reach their full potential.

Access to WASH facilities

According to Mr Quansah, statistics from the Education Management Information System (EMIS) said close to 50 per cent of all basic schools in the country did not have access to toilets and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) facilities and that ought to be addressed.

He stressed that the lack of access to WASH facilities and regular water supply sources had made it difficult for students to use school latrines and promote positive hygienic practices and habits.

He called on metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies (MMDAs) to prioritise the provision of these facilities to enable the children to learn in a clean, safe and healthy learning environment.

“If a girl stays in school for one year, she is able to reduce the infant mortality rate by close to five to 10 per cent. There is a direct impact on attracting girls to stay in school and also providing them with WASH facilities so that when they are in their menses, they do not stay out of school,” Mr Quansah stated.

He said in many rural settings, many girls dropped out of school due to the lack of WASH facilities, urging assemblies to take up the challenge and provide such facilities.

Education

The acting Tema Central Sub-Metro Director of Health Services, Dr Akosua Osei Manu, advised the girls to wash their hands with soap under running water before putting on their sanitary pads and ensure proper use of the sanitary pads to prevent leakages.

She also stressed the need for all stakeholders to provide support to girls to enable them to manage their menstrual periods by observing good menstrual hygiene practices.

Local materials

Two traditional rulers, the Divisional Chief of Gomoa Akyempim Traditional Area, Nana Ogyedom Ama Tsetsewa, and the Queenmother of the Twifo Hemaa Traditional Area, Nana Adjoa Timaa, bemoaned the lack of information and sanitary products in some parts of the country and stressed on the use of clean, cost-saving menstrual management materials by adolescent girls to deal with menstrual hygiene.

Source: dailygraphic.com

Mallam-Kasoa road reopened to traffic

Traffic now flows smoothly at Mallam Juction following the reopening Picture: INNOCENT K.OWUSU

The section was closed to traffic on May 1, this year, to make way for the construction of a drainage.

The opening of the road came as a huge relief to road users who had to endure the inconveniences caused by hectic vehicular traffic when sections of the road were blocked.

At a point, the situation was so bad that commuters from Kasoa to Accra had to spend about three hours in traffic during rush hours.

Following concerns raised by the travelling public, a Sanitation Engineer and Contractor for the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA) Sanitation project, Mr Gabriel Engmann, gave an assurance that work was being expedited to open the road to the public on Saturday, June 2, 2018 ahead of schedule.

Observations

When the Daily Graphic visited the project site at Mallam Junction at about 9 a.m. last Saturday, the team observed that the road had been opened to traffic.

There was a sharp contrast between the traffic situation at the beginning of last week and Saturday, as vehicles were moving without any delay.

It was observed that the pressure on personnel from the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service who managed traffic had gone down, with just two of the police officers spotted around the area.

At the time of the visit, some civil works were still ongoing to put the road to its original shape.

The workers were working on the peripherals and restoring the medians of the road.

Dust suppression mechanisms were also being put in place to minimise the impact of dust from the construction site.

Diligence

Mr Engmann told the Daily Graphic at the project site that work was being done to smoothen the about 500-metre portion of the road that was cut for the construction of the drain.

“We opened the road to the public last Friday, June 1, and traffic is in order now.

“We are trying our best now to be on top of the environmental impact situation in terms of the dust that is generated because of the exposed surfaces. We want to minimise the effect of the dust on visibility and the health of people who live around the project site,” he said.

He added that most of the work to smoothen the surface of the road would be done during the night when traffic was low.

Timelines

Asked whether the project would be completed in time, he said: “The contract shows that this project should be completed and ready for handover by the end of July but we are anticipating that all remedial and peripheral works will be done ahead of this deadline.”

Mr Engmann urged members of the public to desist from dumping refuse into drains.

He urged metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies in GAMA to enforce Sanitation bye-laws to check the malpractice.

Source: dailygraphic.com

GAMA-SWP launches door-to-door household toilet campaign

GAMA-SWP launches door-to-door

Accra, June 8, GNA – The Greater Accra Metropolitan Area – Sanitation and Water Project (GAMA-SWP) has launched door-to-door community engagement programme to ensure that every landlord at Akweteyman and its environs gets toilet facility in their homes.

The programme, with the overall objective of increasing access to improved sanitation and water supply with emphasis on low-income urban communities, was being funded by the World Bank through the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources.

The choice of Akweteyman and its environs was based on the fact that majority of the people living in the area resort to the use of public places of convenience or engage in open defecation exposing residents to health risks.

Mr Graham Sarbah, the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) Coordinator of GAMA-SWP in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, said the programme was to strengthen management of environmental sanitation and called on the people to register with the Okaikwei North Municipal Assembly to get household toilets.

“We are also embarking on vigorous public health education to ensure that residents get new sustainable, environmental friendly and affordable toilets,” he said.

Mr Sarbah said the different types of toilets and accessories that were being promoted included; fabricated built ones with metals and digesters to receive human waste to convert into valuable nutrients, which cost GH¢850.00.

“Other types of toilets that are designed with cement blocks cost GH¢1,100.00 and 70 per cent of the cost of the various toilets mentioned will be borne by the Government, based on their choices,” he stated.

Mr Issah Fuseini, the Member of Parliament for the area expressed concern about the impunity with which people defecated openly and the indiscriminate disposal of human waste in black polythene bags.

He said there was the need for conscious efforts to address the sanitation and environmental challenges facing the communities and called on the people to embrace the new household toilet initiative.

Mr Fuseini pledged to support the first 100 people who would register with the Assembly with GH¢200.00 for the provision of the toilet facility with.

Mr Abdullah Ni Odai, the Presiding Member of the Assembly said a monitoring task force had been directed to arrest and prosecute anyone found in an open defecating or littering the streets in the metropolis.

He said the Assembly would stringently enforce its bye-laws to bring sanity in Accra.

SOURCE: GNA

The GAMA drain projects: A major step to addressing perennial flooding

When I got to the site of the Mallam Junction drainage project at about 2.30 p.m last Friday, work was progressing steadily.
It was the fourth day since portions of the roads that connected Awoshie and Kwashieman to Mallam and Kasoa were closed to traffic at the Mallam Junction Interchange to make way for the construction of the drain.

Forty-six-year-old Aziz Osmanu and eight others were busy erecting wooden structures and clearing the debris from an excavated trench and preparing structures that will receive the precast or already-made culverts.

On site was the project Manager, Mr Sun Tao, who was seen issuing instructions to the workers. Police officers from the Odorkor Division of the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) were also at the site to secure lives and properties.

Led by Chief Inspector Daniel Attuah, the MTTD officials worked tirelessly to ensure that motorists and other road users did not trespass the area that had been cordoned off for work on the drain to progress.

Meanwhile, the busy road from Awoshie and Kwashieman that connects Mallam and Gbawe at the Mallam Junction Interchange was without motorists because of the diversion.

It was observed that some traders had displayed their wares on the ghost road and cashing in on the public.

The project

Work on the 500-metre double cell culvert drain at Mallam Junction began on Monday, April 30, 2017 and is expected to be completed in 50 days.

The GH¢6 million Mallam drain is among some priority drains that have been earmarked for re-engineering under the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA) sanitation project that started in 2015 with a $150 million funding support from the World Bank.

Other priority drains are located at areas such as Gbawe, Kaneshie First Light and Agbogba, while some minor ones are also to be constructed across the 11 assemblies within the Accra Metropolis.

The contractor is China Shanxi Si Jian Group Company Limited and the Engineering and Supervising Consultant is Weruw Consulting.

The project designs and scope of work include the construction of a double cell box drain of 150 meters (M) by 4.0mx2.5m, provision of a reinforced concrete open rectangular channel of 80.0mx7.0mx2.5m, as well as deepening and widening of earth channel of about 230m long.

The capacity of the existing culvert is small and unable to carry the huge volumes of water from the stream into the sea, especially during the rainy season. The situation accounted for the perennial flooding of communities in the area.

It is expected that the new drain project will make room for the free flow of water from the stream and also address the flooding in the area that leaves many people counting their losses any time the rains descend.

Explaining details of the new project last Thursday (May 3), a Sanitation Engineer of the GAMA Sanitation and Water Project, Mr Gabriel Engman, said the project would be done in three phases, involving cutting through the road, excavating and preparing the grounds for the pre-casted culverts to be fixed.

“If you compare the old culvert to the new one that we are constructing now, you will realise that we are doing a double cell box culvert of 3.5 meters in width each, making a total of seven meters while the depth is about 2.5 meters.

“The area of the new culvert is almost six times that of the old one and will help solve the flooding in the area,” he added.

The expansion work on the culvert means that about 60 meters of the road will have to be cut, hence the road diversions in the area.

Diversions

As part of the arrangements, road traffic flow from Awoshie and Kwashieman that connects Mallam, Weija and Kasoa, that hitherto passed through Mallam Interchange, has been diverted.

Also, traffic from the Odorkor-Mallam, as well as Kasoa-Odorkor roads have been appropriately diverted to alternative routes to ensure that ongoing work is not interrupted.

These diversions mean that for the next two months, the travelling public, including motorists, pedestrians and other road users will have to make some sacrifices in turnaround time.

If what I saw at the time of the visit to the project site last Friday is anything to go by, then there is no doubt that the inconveniences in terms of the flow of traffic will not be as dire as one would expect.

Some road users who shared their experiences about the road diversions said the move was a necessary evil.

“It is true that we sometimes spend some more time on the road due to the diversions but considering the ordeal we go through anytime there is flooding here, we prefer to sacrifice now and be safe when the rains come,” a 35-year-old driver, Kwabena Ofosu, said.

Studies

Two scientific studies by UN Habitat – “Accra Ghana: a city vulnerable to flooding and drought-Induced migration” and “The three dimensional causes of flooding in Accra, Ghana” conducted in 2011 and 2014 respectively, pointed out multi-faceted causes of the perennial floods in the capital city.

One of the key causes identified was the poor flow in drainage networks.

A section of the 2014 findings reads: “Accra has an underdeveloped drainage network. Several natural river and stream courses drain the city from the north to the south. Some short sections of these large river channels have been reinforced with concrete dykes.

“Besides these water courses, there are drains that run along most asphalt streets, and much smaller ones laid in some of the small, previously planned neighbourhoods, draining sewerage and run-offs.

“In all, engineered drains are a small fraction of the city’s requirement. Apart from their insufficiency, many have been observed to be undersized, unconnected or improperly channelled. As a result, some floods have been traced to such faulty drains.”

Good move

Past experiences have shown that during the peak of the rainy season in the capital city, homes and businesses in areas such as Odawna, Kwame Nkrumah Circle, Obetsebi roundabout, Kaneshie, Abossey Okai, Nima and Mallam are inundated with flood water, leading to loss of lives and properties running into millions of Ghana cedis.

Choked, narrow and poorly constructed drains have always been cited as one of the causes of the perennial floods.

It is in the light of this that great importance ought to be attached to the ambitious moves by the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources to reconstruct the priority drains under the GAMA sanitation project.

Be responsible

Even as these drains are being constructed to improve the drainage situation in flood-prone areas ahead of the rains, there is the need for attitudinal change in the way we manage waste in the country.

We must collectively resolve to stay away from dumping refuse into gutters since that practice get drains choked and makes them incapable of containing flood water.

Let’s support the “Clean Ghana,” “Adopt a Bin”, “National Sanitation Day” and other initiatives that will help rid the country of filth to keep our drains free from refuse.

Writer’s email: ngnenbetimothy@gmail.com

Mallam Junction road to be closed April 30

Engineers working on the Mallam Junction road have announced that portions of the road will be closed for a 50 day work on the 500 metre double cell culvert to reduce the perennial flooding on that stretch.

The work which will begin from April 30, 2018 for major drainage work on the road has been necessitated by the flooding on the Mallam Junction section of the N1 Highway which renders the road impassable when it rains with residents blaming it on a Total Filling station which they say had blocked the waterway.

According to Gabriel Engman, a Sanitary Engineer at the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area Sanitation and Water Project stated that the GHC6 million is a World Bank project which is being implemented by the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources (MSWR).

He added that, the three main roads stretching from Lapaz through Awoshie and Mallam Junction would be diverted when work begins next week.

He told journalists in Accra on Wednesday, April 26 that the work will disrupt the flow of traffic as motorists, pedestrians and other road users would spend additional travel time, indicating that phase one would be completed in 12 days, while stages two and three take 13 and 15 days.
“Put together the project should be completed in 40 days but unforseen circumstances may extend the period of completion to 50 days”.

Meanwhile, the MSWR together with the Ghana Highway Authority have installed sign posts indicating diversion routes to drivers plying the stretch of road.