Coastal communities benefit from sea defence walls; GHc2.85 million invested since 2017, says Asenso-Boakye

As part of efforts aimed at addressing the devastation of sea erosion to residents living along the country’s coastal areas, the government has committed about GH2.85 million since 2017 towards coastal protection and sea defence works.
This is evident in the completed and ongoing works in areas such as Axim, Amanful Kumah, New Takoradi, Komenda, Cape Coast and Anomabo. Other areas also include Dixcove, Dansoman, and Ningo-Prampram.
Speaking on the Floor of Parliament during the second reading of the Ghana Hydrological Authority Bill, the Works and Housing Minister, Francis Asenso-Boakye said the Ministry considers the protection of the coastlines as very critical to the development of the country and will therefore continue to explore avenues for increased investment for sea defence projects to safeguard lives and properties of people living in coastal communities.
Acknowledging the fact that some coastal settlements have been affected by devastating tidal waves actions which notable amongst them include Solakokpe, Agavedzi and Amutini all within the Blekusu coastal area, Asenso-Boakye assured that “the needed funds are being sought to complete the 8km second phase of the Blekusu Coastal project”.
“Government will also continue the implementation of all ongoing projects and commence works at Apam, Axim Phase II, La and Teshie and other sea defence works” he added.
With Government having committed an amount of GH¢450 million into drainage and flood control works across the country, the sector Minister was hopeful that the proposed restructuring of the Hydrological Services Department (HSD) into an autonomous Authority will reduce its reliance on Government subventions and rather equip the organization with the mechanism and legal framework to mobilize resources internally, through private sector participation to support its operations.

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