File photo: Floods in Accra

Former Deputy Works and Housing Minister, Samson Ahi, has blamed floods in Accra on the government’s failure to release funds for the dredging of major drains in Ghana.

Mr Ahi wants parliament to summon both the Finance and Works and Housing ministries to brief the House on their preparation towards the two weeks spots of rain predicted by the Ghana meteorological agency.

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According to the legislator, the government’s failure to release funds has halted annual dredging which was expected to be carried out long before the rains set in.

“What we have been doing as a country is desilting major drains in Accra and I know for a fact that the Ministry of Works and Housing has written to the Ministry of Finance to release funds but not a cedi has been made available,” he said.

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Speaking in an interview with Joy News, Mr Ahi, who is the Member of Parliament (MP) for Bodi constituency said the government must take a huge chunk of the blame for the havoc caused by the floods on Monday in some parts of Ghana.

“The Ministry is now handicapped because the government is not helping it to do what is expected and that is why we are experiencing these situations,” he said.

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“If the money has been released for dredging, we might have experienced floods but not to this gravity,” he posited.

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Source:|Dorcas Abedu-Kennedy