Member of Parliament for Ayawaso West-Wuogon, Lydia Seyeram Alhassan, has begun processes to curb perennial flooding which affects residents of Westlands and its environs.
The MP, with the hepl of personnel deployed from the Hydrological Services Department to visit areas mostly affected by heavy downpour and also assess the drainage systems within in those communities.
Head of Drainage Engineering, Seth Kudzordzi, who led a team of about 10 men to assess the situation, observed that measures have been taken in past to “desilt or dredge the drains but their efforts have not been successful.”
After a detailed assessment of the situation, he concluded that “the culvert is too small to carry the flood discharges, which overtops the roads and causes the floods.”
Mr. Kudzordzi explained that the detailed surveying is aimed at redesigning a new culvert to bring an end to the floods, indicating that “once it’s replaced with a culver of adequate size there won’t be any flooding again.”
The drainage construction, according to the Mr. Kudzordzi, is expected to be completed within two months after the contract has been awarded.
The MP, Madam Lydia Seyeram Alhassan, charged the experts to treat the project as an emergency, to help relieve residents of their plight.
Speaking to the media, she rejected claims that the timing of the construction of the drain was for electoral benefit.
“I have been MP for just two years, this is not the first project I am undertaking. I have constructed roads and other bridges so no one can say I am doing this for votes, they can’t say that”.
She further pointed out that “it’s a natural disaster and we have to find solution to it. It’s a must do project and that’s why I am doing it and not of electoral benefits.”