Public Disclosure - Greater Accra Resilience and Integrated Development (GARID)

1.    The Government of Ghana (GoG) through the Ministry of Works and Housing (MWH) has received IBRD/IDA credit facility from the World Bank for investment in both structural works and non-structural services towards improving flood and solid waste management in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area. The Ministry, in collaboration with the World Bank is currently preparing a project – The Greater Accra Resilience and Integrated Development (GARID) Project – to serve as the main framework through which goods, works and services will be delivered. The main objectives of the project are to; (i) strengthen flood and solid waste management; and (ii) improve the living conditions of the most vulnerable communities in the Odaw basin in Greater Accra Metropolitan Area.
2.    The project has four main components including Component 1: Drainage and flood management improvements within the Odaw Drainage Basin; Component 2: Improvements in solid waste management capacity including minimizing solid waste in waterways; Component 3:  Support to most vulnerable communities within the Odaw Drainage Basin to reduce their vulnerability and improve living conditions; and Component 4: Strengthening capacity for planning, coordination, monitoring and evaluation. The various components will be implemented using a Multi-Phased Approach with the first phase running for a period of five (5) years.
3.    The Project will be implemented jointly by the Ministry of Works and Housing (MWH), the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources (MSWR), the Ministry of Inner City and Zongo Development (MICZD) and the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD).
4.    Implementation of the GARID Project will trigger the following World Bank Environment and Social Safeguards Policies:

  1. Environmental Assessment OP/BP 4.01
  2. Natural habitats OP/BP 4.04
  3. Physical Cultural Resources OP/BP 4.11
  4. Involuntary Resettlement OP/BP 4.12

5.    Based on the above policies, the GARID Project has prepared an Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) and a Resettlement Policy Framework (RPF) both of which seek to provide guiding principles for assessment and management of environmental and social aspects of all project delivery processes and activities. Both documents will also help to systematically identify, predict and evaluate beneficial and adverse environmental and social impacts of sub-projects and other activities to be financed under the Project. The frameworks also set out mitigation, monitoring and institutional measures to be undertaken during implementation and operation of the project to eliminate, off set or reduce any potentially adverse environmental and social impacts.

Government To Tackle Flooding In Accra

IMG 20180430 WA0002The Honourable Minister of Works and Housing, Samuel Atta Akyea, has assured Ghanaians the Government will do all it could to end the vicious cycle of rain induced flooding in Accra.
He said to bring an end to this cycle, the President has allocated an amount of GHC 200 million to augment the budget allocation of the Ministry, which is GHC 17.3 million and that the World Bank is interested in making a huge investment to assist Ghana to tackle the situation with a commitment of US$ 100 million.
The Minister was addressing the media after an inspection of some flood prone areas and drainages in Accra to assess the state of the facilities ahead of the rainy season.
He said the Government would bring in international civil engineering and construction firms through a competitive bidding process to partner local engineers to implement the plan. He added that details of the contract were being worked out to include cost, scope and duration to be sent to Parliament for approval.
Mr. Atta Akyea who was accompanied by some senior officials of the Ministry, the Hydrological Services Department and the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, toured Nima, Adabraka Odawnaa, South Kaneshie, Odaw/Korle Lagoon, Sukura, Kaneshie First Light/Odorkor, Baale and Sakaman drainages.
He said President Akufo-Addo wants to end the adhoc measure in tackling the country’s drainage problems by constructing underground drains and expressed hope that the project would be worth pursuing by successive governments.
According to the Minister, as part of the President’s legacy, the flooding situation in Ghana, which has been in existence since 1959, would be tackled permanently.
Mr. Atta Akyea further assured citizens that desilting of drains, particularly the Odaw River, would continue, to ensure free flow of rain induced flooding, saying the Ministry is determined to ensure that this permanent arrangement is embarked on with a backdrop of a larger solution.

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Minister Urges Engineers To Work Together To Improve Engineering Works

Engineering Week Celebration 5The Honourable Minister of Works and Housing, Samuel Atta Akyea, has urged engineering practitioners in Ghana to work together and bring all classes of engineering practitioners together to improve engineering works in the country.
He said working together will provide the necessary ethical and moral compass to ensure ethical conduct for all those practicing engineering in the country and also ensure a long-term sustainability of engineering projects in the country.
Honourable Atta Akyea was speaking at the 50th Anniversary Conference and 2018 Engineering Week Celebration of the Ghana Institution of Engineering on the theme; “GhIE@50: Introspection and the Impact of Engineering on Ghana’s sustainable development,” in Accra.
He noted that for training to fall in line with the technological changes taking place, Ghana Institution of Engineering should work in close collaboration with the training institutions which produce engineering practitioners.

Vice President Commissions Naval Barracks

Commissioning of the Naval Base Barracks 4The Vice President, Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has commissioned the newly- constructed Naval Barracks at the Eastern Naval Command, Tema for the gallant service men who have been working tirelessly to secure the peace and safety of the country.
The barracks is the Phase two of the Security Services Housing Project. It is fully gated and made up of 23 blocks comprising a total of 368 apartments. Out of the 23 blocks, 8 blocks are 3-bedroom flats and 15 blocks are 2-bedrooms flats.
The facility also comes with a multi-purpose sports facility and a playing ground for personnel and families. The project was fully financed by the Government of Ghana and constructed by Messrs Amandi Holdings Group at a cost of GH¢ 101.2 million.
Commissioning the facility, Dr. Bawumia said completion of the project is another step in the overall development and modernisation of facilities for the Ghana Armed Forces and also improvements in the Ghana Armed Forces' accommodation, saying it is necessary to ensure that the country has the best of facilities for all security personnel.

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Develop New Ways To Wipe Out Housing Deficit-Minister

IMG 20180313 WA0004The Honourable Minister of Works and Housing, Samuel Atta Akyea has urged Shimizu Corporation of Japan to bring out technological ideas that will help reduce Ghana’s housing deficit within a shortest time frame.
According to the Minister, modern era construction of houses should not take a longer time to complete and that a technology that will bring a paradigm shift is imperative for the country’s development.
Honourable Atta Akyea who expressed hope about the use of modern technology as the panacea for construction of houses within shortest possible time, asked “what kind of Japanese ideas are you bringing us to wipe out this deficit, what kind of technology do you have that we will not be marking time for three years before we can see a flat in the air.”
The Minister was speaking at the Shimizu Open Academy Seminar at the Great Hall, University of Ghana in Accra.
The seminar, which is the first of its kind in Africa, forms part of corporate social responsibility of Shimizu Institute of Technology, Japan.
The main objectives of the seminar are to transfer technological knowledge to students, engineers and workers in the local construction industry, encourage students to do internships with Shimizu Corporation and also employ graduates from Universities in Ghana.

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