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Accra not ready for heavy rains – Mayor

The Chief Executive Officer of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, Mohammed Adjei Sowah, has disclosed that the capital will not be able to protect lives and property when the rainy season kicks in.

According to Mr. Adjei Sowah, this is due to the fact that the Korle Lagoon is yet to be de-silted, making it choked and susceptible to overflowing.

Speaking on the Morning Starr on Monday, Mr. Adjei Sowah said his outfit has reached out to the Ministry of Works and Housing but is yet to get any response.

“Despite the work that we are doing now in terms of the construction of these drains, if it rains heavily for a couple of hours, I can’t guarantee whether there will be flooding or not.

“If it rains tomorrow we will have a challenge, we will have a challenge along the odour but many of the areas we are dealing with…but our capacity that we have cannot deal with the odour,” Mr. Sowah told Morning Starr host Francis Abban.

The Accra Mayor also attributed the tidiness of Rwanda’s Kigali to the kind of governance system practiced in the country.

According to him, the seeming authoritarian and autocratic rule practiced in the East African country makes it easy for state authorities to ensure order and absolute rule of law.

“Rwanda has seen that level of development because of the kind of governance that they are practicing there. There is some level of authoritarian and dictatorship in the level of governance they have.

“We have taken our democracy as absolute and we are doing anything we like. That is the difference between Ghana and Rwanda,” he said.

Source: Ghana/


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