The Government has fulfilled its pledge to provide GHC 200-million for the desilting of drains across the country, Mr. Samuel Atta Akyea, Minister for Works and Housing said on Tuesday.
The release of funds, he said, had paved way for the commencement Ghana’s Desilting Programme nationwide as the rains set in this year.
Speaking at the Information Ministry’s Media Briefing, on Tuesday, Mr. Atta Akyea said with the emergence of COVID-19, the country could not afford to suffer double jeopardy with casualties from floods.
He explained the country’s open drainage system had done evil than good because some citizens continued to throw rubbish into these open drains thereby choking them.
“We have challenges with drains in the entire country,” he said, adding that, the construction of drains over the years had caused the State a lot of money.
In the year 2012, the Minister said, the State spent GHC17.6 million cedis, while in 2013, it cost 32.3 million cedis.
Also, in 2014, it cost GHC24.8 cedis, while in 2016 and 2017 the State spent GHC23.2 million and GHC12.2 million cedis respectively.