The Minister of Works and Housing, Francis Asenso Boakye, says that procurement processes are currently ongoing to select a contractor for construction work to begin under the Greater Accra Resilience Integrated Development (GARID) Project.
The GARID project is being carried out in 17 Metropolitan and Municipal Assemblies in the Greater Accra Region.
The project is expected to, among other things, strengthen flood and solid waste management, particularly within the Odaw River basin, and to foster adaptation of flood management infrastructure to climate change in the Greater Accra Region.
Addressing the media during an inspection tour by the sector minister, Francis Asenso Boakye gave assurance that construction under the GARID project will begin soon.
“We’ve finished with many of the consultancy parts and very soon, construction is going to start. In fact, dredging of the Odaw is an integral part of the GARID project, and I am aware that procurement processes are going on to select a contractor to continue the dredging and other construction works to realize the desired objectives of the project… The need for this dredging has become important because of human activities, basically because of indiscriminate disposal of solid waste into our drainage channel,” he said.
The Greater Accra Resilient and Integrated Development project is to improve flood risk and solid waste management in the Odaw River basin and improve access to basic infrastructure and services in the targeted flood-prone low-income communities in the Greater Accra Region.
The initial phase of the project covers a five-year period, 2020-2025.
It is funded by the World Bank and has been designed to address most of the flood-related challenges.