Companies dread Odaw River

With the approach of the rainy season, some of the companies along the  Odaw river who suffered damages during the last rainy season are worried about facing a similar fate this year.

Some of these companies along the Graphic Road are wondering  what measures the authorities have instituted  to forestall a similar situation.

Some of the companies are Toyota Ghana Limited, Letap Company, Wire Weaving Company, Kwatsons Company, Orca Deco, Azar Chemicals, KIA Motors and Beyeeman Company. 

An official of one these companies said last year’s floods  destroyed a number of their properties running into billions of cedis.

The last time there was a major rainfall in Accra, various areas on the Graphic Road were inundated  and the river nearly burst its banks. 

The Odaw River, which runs through the Accra metropolis, continues to be one of the most polluted rivers anywhere. It has become an eyesore and smells badly.

This river flows from the Abokobi and Adjankote hills through Ashongman,  Atomic Energy area, West Legon,  Achimota,  Alajo,  Avenor, Agbogbloshie and finally into the Atlantic Ocean through the Korle Lagoon.

Along the line, the various communities dump their refuse  and waste into the river. It has become the receptacle of Accra’s rubbish and  solid waste.

It has been truned into a place of convenience as some people squat along its banks to attend to the call of nature.

Right from the Avenor bridge to the Graphic Road,  residents and squatters living alongside the shoulders of the channel dump all manner of solid waste into the drain, described by city authorities as critical to Accra’s flood prevention.

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