New Juaben Assembly moves to prevent floods

Alhaji Collins Dauda,Minister of Local Government and Rural Development

Alhaji Collins Dauda,Minister of Local Government and Rural Development

The New Juaben Municipal Assembly has formed a seven-member committee to identify structures obstructing the free flow of water into the drainage system in the municipality.


The committee made up of officers of the Municipal Sanitation Department, Works and Housing, Development, the Security as well as the Information Services Department, is also mandated to check and arrest residents who negligently throw rubbish into the gutters.


It was formed following last Sunday’s floods which killed two persons and destroyed valuable property in some parts of Koforidua.


The two, a taxi driver, Kofi Bofoe, and a female passenger, Celestine Moka, 60, died when the taxi was submerged in the flood at Nsukwao, a surburb of the municipality.


Three other passengers on board the taxi survived.


Two weeks ago, a similar flood destroyed property in some of the communities.


The Municipal Chief Executive, Kwabena Okyere Kussi, who spoke to The Ghanaian Times in an interview said the Municipal Assembly had also engaged the Hydrology Department of the Ministry of Water, Works and Housing to study the drainage system and advise accordingly.


He added that the assembly had resolved to use the National Sanitation Exercise to drum home the need for residents to desist from dumping refuse into the drain and gutters.


Mr. Kussi urged the residents to report to the assembly, anyone who would throw rubbish into the gutters, for them to be dealt with according to the sanitation law.


Meanwhile, the Regional Office of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) is yet to present any relief items to the victims as at the time of filing this report though the Municipal Chief Executive earlier hinted that arrangements were underway by the Assembly and NADMO to present some relief items to them.


From David Kodjo, Koforidua



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