The Assemblyman for Ahinsan Estate electoral area, Hon. Nana Yaw Wiredu has revealed that the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly has laid down plans to prevent future flooding that may occur in the city.

Nana Yaw Wiredu
Nana Yaw Wiredu
According to him, flooding situation in Kumasi is very alarming and as the convener for Environmental sub-committee, many measures have been put in place so that the issue can be properly addressed.

Speaking to News Ghana in an exclusive interview on Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly’s preparedness to protect the city against flooding, Hon. Nana Yaw Wiredu explained that, the assembly faces issues when it comes to fund allocation for execution of projects.

“It is sad as an assembly member to hear from the administrators that, there is no money for work execution which is so worrisome to the members of the assembly”, he stated.

He further noted that, the assembly has only one excavator and now that we are in the rainy season, every electoral area may apply for it to dredge it rivers and streams to prevent flooding.

The outspoken assemblyman for Ahinsan Estate electoral area disclosed that, the environmental sub-committee which he is the chairman has identified the flooding areas in the city, citing places such as Aboabo electoral area, Kwadaso electoral area, Daaban electoral area, Kuwait and many other places.

He said, since the KMA is complaining of lack of availability of funds for any execution of work, various assembly members have taken it upon themselves to mobilize some resources through some benevolent people from their electoral areas to dredge rivers and streams to prevent any unforeseen flooding by ensuring that, there would be free flow of water.

Though he said, the dredging exercise that is currently going on at the Wewe River at his electoral area is funded by some people at his electoral area, he acknowledged the assembly for giving him the excavator to desilt the choked sand that may likely prevent running water and deposited as sediment.

According to him, flooding issues can be prevented if the people living in the various communities change their attitudes by ensuring that, refuse are not dumped into gutters, rivers and streams to avoid choking.

“I am worried when the assembly fails to prosecute anyone when he or she is found guilty of breaking sanitation laws. There should be prosecution, to serve as a deterrent to others,” he stressed.

The laws are there but its enforcement is the problem, because one may think that punishing someone with the sanitation law is offensive as many people will read politics into it.

As the Sub-committee chairman on Environmental issues, when asked about the work of Orangi, a company contracted by KMA to collects all plastics and rubbers within the metropolis, he said, though they are doing well, but what he has observed from the company is that, they only focused on one area which is not the best.

On their plans to move the assembly forward as they have confirmed, Hon. Osei Assibey-Antwi as the new KMA boss, he expressed with hope that, they are now waiting for him to bring out his sessional address so that they, as an assembly, will have their input to meet their goal.

By Sammy Adjei / Newsghana.com.gh