We'll allocate part of Big Push funds to tackle Accra's perennial flooding
Former President, John Dramani Mahama has promised to fix the flooding situation in the national capital, Accra as part of his US$10 billion Big Push infrastructure agenda. Heavy rains in the capital, more often than not, result in flooding across Accra, with many attributing the perennial occurrence to the siting of structures on waterways, and blocking of drainage systems, a situation that forces rushing floodwaters onto the streets and into homes. "We need to get an engineering solution to the flooding in the capital. Accra's problem is an engineering problem and also not sticking to the planning rules. We have local government authorities who are not able to manage the development of our communities. You also have traditional rulers who are ready to sell any land even if it's in river beds. People buy land during the dry season but it gets flooded during the rainy season. So it is an engineering problem which will take a huge amount of money to solve. So we are looking at the Big Push and see how we can channel some of that money into solving the flood issue in Accra in particular."