Ga East MCE appeals for support to address flooding
The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of Ga East Municipal Assembly (GEMA), Elizabeth Kaakie Mann has appealed to the Department of Urban Roads and Ghana Highways Authority (GHA) through the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Mr Henry Quartey, to help find lasting solution to the worrying, protracted flooding that occurs under the Achimota Mile 7 Flyover whenever it rained.

Date Created : 12/14/2021 12:00:00 AM : Story Author :

The MCE made the appeal during clean-up exercises within Dome East and West Electoral Areas.

This was the second consecutive week that Madam Kaakie Mann was involved in such an exercise, following last week's exercise within the Taifa North and South Electoral Areas.

The exercise which started at 6Am took place at designated areas including the Atomic Roundabout-Dome-St. Johns road, Dome Railway Crossing, Dome Pillar 2, and Achimota ABC to Mile 7.
Staff of the Assembly teamed up with personnel from Zoomlion and community members to embark on the clean-up exercise.

However, the underpass of the Achimota Mile 7 Flyover, has for a long time been a flood-prone area because the gutters underneath are often choked and this impedes the flow of water - the main focus for the clean-up exercise.

Three inspection chambers were completely blocked with tires, metals, blocks and stones as well as silt.

With the efforts of some young, energetic youth in the area, the inspection chambers and gutters along and around the flyover from the Achimota Mall to the underpass were dug into and cleared off of the materials.

Speaking to the media, Hon. Elizabeth Kaakie Mann, who was actively involved in the exercise, expressed worry about the current state of the water channels under the Mile 7 Flyover and appealed to the Department of Urban Roads and the Ghana Highways Authority through the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Henry Quartey, to, as a matter of urgency, take pragmatic steps to address the situation.

"We called in the Fire Service to help flush out the choked gutters but it appears we have to open up other chambers which are sited right in the middle of the road. Already there's massive traffic congestion here as a result of our efforts to desilt the choked chambers and gutters so we have decided to halt it", she noted.

"We have already submitted report on this to the Regional Minister and we're also requesting that the Department of Urban Roads and Ghana Highways Authority should come and assess the situation and find a lasting solution to it", she added.

She further indicated that she was using the clean-up exercises as part of the Assembly's planned activities to sensitize residents on the impending enforcement of the "Operation Clean Your Frontage" campaign scheduled to take off early January, 2022, and called on all stakeholders to support this initiative to help achieve President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo's vision to make "Accra the Cleanest City in Africa" and the Regional Minister's "Let's Make Greater Accra Work" agenda.

"We're using these clean-up exercise to sensitize the public on the upcoming enforcement of the "Operation Clean Your Frontage" campaign and make them understand and be aware that the necessary laws have been made in this direction and anyone who flouts it when it becomes operational in January next year would be prosecuted and dealt with accordingly", she announced.

The Municipal Environmental Health Officer (MEHO), Charles Ampomah Asabre, said residents should not wait until the Assembly organizes clean-up exercises but rather ensure that their immediate surroundings are kept clean at all times.

"Sanitation is an everyday exercise. The Government has instituted National Sanitation Day on every first Saturday of the month for clean-up exercises throughout the country, but the Assembly also has the mandate to organize such anytime necessary and doesn't restrict itself to a particular day", he observed.

"Today is not National Sanitation Day but because the new Municipal Chief Executive has shown commitment towards sanitation and ensuring cleanliness in the Municipality, we had to organize this", he added.

The MEHO also stated that the problem at the Mile 7 Flyover was a herculean one which creates teething sanitation challenges around that area for the Assembly, adding that the clean-up exercises were being organized to create awareness on the "Operation Clean Your Frontage" campaign.

"There's a big problem here which makes the place flood whenever it rains. In response to the Regional Minister's "Operation Clean Your Frontage" campaign and our Hon. MCE's commitment towards addressing the sanitation challenges in the Municipality, we organized this exercise to desilt the choked gutters and chambers to allow for free flow of water and reduce the flooding situation here", he stated.

The Presiding Member (PM), Mr Jesse Nii Noi Anum, who joined the MCE on both occasions, reiterated the call on residents to own their frontage and ensure that they are tidy at all times.

He also added his voice to the appeal by the Hon. MCE for the Department of Urban Roads and Ghana Highways Authority to come in quickly and find lasting solution to the problem, indicating that efforts were made in the past to address it but the situation persists, posing danger to road users and residents.