The Vice President, Kwasi Amissah-Arthur, at the weekend inspected ongoing construction projects at Kwaprow in Cape Coast, being undertaken by the government to solve the perennial flooding that affects the area.
The projects, which were facilitated by the Vice President, involve the dredging of the Kakum River which floods the area when it overflows, and the construction of drains in the deprived Kwaprow community.
The projects were part of a campaign promise to the people of the area when the Vice President visited the area last year, to sympathize with floods victims.
During an interaction at a community durbar, Vice President Amissah-Arthur, expressed regret about report of increasing sand winning in the area, and urged the operators to desist from the practice.
If not, he said, the consequence of sand winning would negate the objectives of the ongoing projects, saying “sand winning only destroys the environment and causes flooding.”
He thanked the community for the continuous cooperation with the government, and appealed to them to reciprocate government’s gesture by desisting from practices that degrade the environment.
In addition, he urged the chiefs to collaborate with the local authorities to enhance the development of the area, and assured them of further support from government.
Nana Kwasi Mensah II, Chief of Kwaprow, in his remarks, thanked the government for fulfilling its promise to the community.
“We appreciate this intervention and we will continue to cooperate with the government,” he said.
Professor Peter Kwabena Acheampong, Head of Project Committee, explained that apart from the dredging of the river, trees were being planted along its banks, while degraded lands were being reclaimed to check flooding.