Stakeholders urged to invent effective drainage systems

By Elsie Appiah-Osei, GNA

Accra, Sept. 17,
GNA – A lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, has
called on stakeholders to invent effective drainage systems that would help
control flooding problems in the country.

Mr Frank Ohene
Annor, who is also a researcher at the TU-DELFT in The Netherlands, made the
call on Friday in Accra.

He said Government
being proactive towards the integration and implementation of plans that would
help deal with flood and spillage problems in the country would go a long way
to prevent previous disasters that had befallen the country over the years.

Mr Annor who was
addressing participants at a validation workshop on needs of assessment report
on Integrated Flood Management (IMF) in the Volta Basin in Ghana organised by
the Country Water Partnership Ghana (CWP-Ghana), said floods are increasingly
happening in the country and there is the need for critical attention to be
accorded the subject towards development.

“That is why the
Flood and Drought Management Tools Project, which started in 2014 and expected
to end in 2018 with support by the Global Environment Facility has been
implemented.

“So with these
findings from the Volta Basin in Ghana to assess needs related to IFM of the
Volta Basin in Ghana is timely,” he said.

Mr Annor therefore
mentioned baseline survey, promotion of technology development and transfer,
promotion of gender in IFM, review of policies and institutional mandates
related flood management in Ghana and promotion of data collection and sharing
mechanisms among key institutions as some of the roadmaps for the
implementation of IFM in Ghana.

Mr Maxwell
Boateng-Gyimah, the Executive Secretary of the CWP-Ghana and Project Manager
for Water, Climate and Development Programme (WACDEP), said in response to the
climate change commitments, African Ministers Council on Water in collaboration
with the Global Water Partnership developed the WACDEP for Africa.

He said WACDEP,
which seeks to improve resilience to the increasing threat of climate change
and variability to water resources is being implemented in Ghana by Country
Water partnership.

According to the
Executive Secretary of CWP-Ghana, as part of project implementation, a needs
assessment study on IMF in the Volta Basin was carried out with the active
support of the relevant institutions.

He said following
that it was necessary for a validation workshop that would help authenticate
findings of the study to guide the capacity development of key institutions in
applying the concepts of IFM to prepare projects that would affect funding for
implementation.

“More specifically,
the workshop aims to inform stakeholders of the concept of integrated flood
management, make inputs to the integrated floods management needs assessment
report and validate the needs assessment report,” he said.

Mr Boateng-Gyimah
noted that it was expected of the workshop to inform stakeholders of IFM
concepts as well as validate needed assessment report for the Volta Basin in
Ghana.

Mr Bright Tsriku,
the Principal Disaster Control Officer of the National Disaster Management
Organisation, said going forward there would be draft and demonstration
projects to be carried in dealing with flood and spillage problems in the
country.

He said
identification of hotspots in various regions especially flood prone areas
would help make the IFM a success in Ghana.

“Through short
codes and ideological projects to be integrated in to the IFM will help
citizens to receive early alerts on forecast and how to programme their
schedules,” he said.

Participants
comprise representatives of government institutions drawn from ministries,
departments and agencies, civil society and other stakeholders who are involved
directly or indirectly in water resources management and related fields.

Certificates were
presented to some participants who had been trained for one and half year in
the sector with eight countries being a part of the training.

GNA

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