3 June Disaster Victims Remembered

3 June0003The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has organised a memorial service in remembrance of the victims of the 3rd June, 2015 disaster which occurred at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Accra.
In a speech read on behalf of His Excellency, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo by the Minister of Works and Housing, Hon. Samuel Atta Akyea, consoled the victims and expressed government’s commitment to ensure that the victims received what is due them.
The Hon. Minister thanked God for the lives of the survivors and said though they have lost properties and investments, the most important thing is that they are alive.
He emphasised the Government’s determination to resolve the sanitation problem with regards to the construction of efficient drainage systems in order to avoid the repetition of the June 3 disaster.
He announced the construction of an underground sewerage system to absorb the large volumes of water during torrential rains and added that the World Bank had engaged Ghana in this regard to solve the drainage problem in the entire country.
Hon. Atta Akyea applauded Dredge Masters, a subsidiary of Zoomlion, for ensuring that the flood situation in the capital, Accra, is being resolved to prevent any flood disaster in the future.
He disclosed that all relevant ministries involved were working to ensure that the situation was resolved in flood-prone areas across the country.

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Minister Inspects Projects In The Western Region

Minister Inspects Projects In The Western Region 6

  The Minister for Works and Housing, Honourable Samuel Atta Akyea, visited the Western Region to inspect  status of the Nkontompo,  Adwoa and Aboadze Sea Defence projects.

 The Minister, who was accompanied by his two Deputy Ministers, Hon. Freda Prempeh, Hon. Eugene Boakye  Antwi and other officials  also visited Axim to inspect the effects of tidal waves along the coastline.
 Addressing the media after the inspection, the Honourable Minister assured the chiefs and people of Axim that  efforts are being made by  government for the Axim coastal protection works to begin.
 He acknowledged that the coastal areas in the Western Region, apart from being abound in fish stock, was also  endowed with beautiful beaches that have huge economic and tourism potential for both the country and the  people in the region.
 “If we do not work on the sea defence project at Brawire and Axim, the beaches will continue to destroy  including the road infrastructure. If we secure the shore at Axim, the investment will come” he noted.
Hon. Atta Akyea was of the view that, to resolve the financing issue of the project, Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement should be adopted for contractors to pre-finance the project.
The Western Regional Minister, Dr. Kwaku Afriyie, indicated that the Region has most of the country’s resources, which includes cocoa, gold and rubber. Therefore, any investment made in the region was justified.
The chiefs commended the Minister for taking keen interest in the sea erosion issue, adding that pictures of the devastating waves of the sea, over the years, had stirred in the face of the fishing communities at Axim and Brawire shores, posing a serious threat to lives and properties.

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Change Attitude Towards The Environment-Parliamentarians

correct20001The Parliamentary Select Committee on Works and Housing paid a familiarization visit to Dredge Masters Limited, the contractor dredging and desilting the Odaw River and Korle Lagoon in Accra.
Hon. Nana Amoako, the Chairman of the Committee appealed to the public to change their attitudes towards the environment and stop polluting water bodies to prevent flooding when it rains. He lamented that, without positive attitude towards the environment, no meaningful impact would be made on the dredging of the Odaw River and Korle Lagoon and its channels in the capital city.
The Government, according to the Chairman, will engage the Accra Metropolitan Assembly and other vital stakeholders to deal with the challenges posed by human settlements along the Odaw River and the Korle Lagoon among others. He said “It is time for stringent measures to be taken and resettlement considered to address the problem”.
The Director of operations of Dredge Masters, Mr. Sena Adiepena, in a presentation to the Committee, expressed concerns over the human and commercial activities on the already limited buffer zone and called for urgent action to prevent the situation.
Ing. Wise Ametepe, Dredge Masters Project Coordinator of KLERP, said there is the need for construction of sand barriers to prevent the siltation of the drains to save the government huge sums of monies spent on dredging and drains.
The Committee commended Dredge Masters Limited, a Ghanaian company for the good work done.

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Secure Lands For Affordable Housing- Hon. Atta Akyea

Hon. Minister Visit to The Central Region 4The Minister for Works and Housing, Honourable Samuel Atta Akyea, has noted the need for all Regional Ministers to secure lands to enable the Government put up affordable housing.
According to the Minster, securing such land banks would go a long way to boost the affordable housing scheme aimed at providing houses to a number of workers at reasonable rates.
Hon. Atta Akyea noted that, the staggering 1.7 housing deficit in the country is a great worry to the Government and this required proactive measures to address the situation. He made this known when he inspected the Elmina Sea Defence project in the Central Region.
Upon the inspection, the Minister commended the Ghanaian Contractor, Messrs Vuluxx Limited executing the Elmina Sea Defence Project for an excellent work done. Adding that “we should disabuse our minds that it’s only people with white colour pigmentation that can solve the problems of Ghana” “if you have a Ghanaian contractor who can perform well before the contract date and time, then he should be rewarded”
Hon. Kwamena Duncan, the Central Regional Minister who was part of the entourage to the site expressed his gratitude to the Minister for his visit to the region.
The Minister was accompanied by his two Deputy Ministers, Hon. Freda Prempeh, Hon. Eugene Boakye Antwi, Director of Hydrological Services Department and other officials from the Ministry.

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Government To Reduce Housing Deficit- Hon Atta Akyea

Hon.Minister0002The Government has assured Ghanaians of its commitment to address the over 1.7 million housing deficit in the country.
This would be done through good investment partnership to provide affordable housing, which is high on the agenda of the government to meet the demands of Ghanaians.
The Honourable Minister, Samuel Atta Akyea, gave this assurance when he paid working visit to some housing projects at Tema, Kpone, Saglemi and projects by the Tema Development Company (TDC) sponsored by the Government of Ghana.
The Minister, who was accompanied by his two Deputy Ministers, Hon. Eugene Boakye Antwi and Hon. Freda Prempeh, including the Chief Director and other officials, said investors would be sought to invest in rural housing projects under which affordable houses would be built in the rural areas for people who would like to live there while they worked in the city.
Hon. Atta Akyea disclosed that, the defunct Bank for Housing and Construction would be brought back to provide finance to address the housing deficit in the country.
He commended Amandi Holdings, an Isreali construction company, which was putting up the Naval housing project and OAS Construtora, a Brazillian company working on 5,000 unit housing project for good work done and pledged the Government’s commitment to ensure the projects are completed and extended to other regions.

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