Residents and business owners at the Ofankor barrier roundabout in the Ga-North Municipal Assembly thanked Mr. Simons Sekyim, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), for fixing the flooding problem in the area, which had been going on for a long time.
Now, even when it rains, they don’t have to worry about going about their daily lives.
Previously, the Ofankor barrier roundabout would become flooded for days whenever it rained, causing difficulties for pedestrians who had to travel through the floodwaters by stepping on pavement blocks.
Flooding also made it hard for cars to get where they needed to go. Mr. Kwadwo Kwakye, who sold wristwatches, said that people often slipped and fell into the water while trying to cross the road.
Also, the still water gave mosquitoes and flies a place to lay their eggs.
Mr. Kwakye praised the MCE for how well he dealt with the problem and asked Ghanaians to help the government fix problems with sanitation that cause floods.
Two women sellers who asked to remain anonymous talked about how they were worried about speeding cars splashing water on them as they went by. They also talked about how the standing water made the area smell bad and attracted mosquitoes. One seller said she had just been hospitalized for malaria.
In response to the situation, the MCE, Mr. Simons Sekyim, said that inspections showed that a structure was blocking the waterway and making it hard for water to move freely.
He said that the tunnel hadn’t been cleaned out in more than 15 years, which contributed to its problems. The building has since been demolished, and the outfall de-silted.
Four maintenance and access rooms have been built with money from the Greater Accra Resilient and Integrated Development (GARID).
Mr. Sekyim said that GARID gave them GH80,000 last year and an extra GH200,000 this year to help with deep desilting and building an extra draining system.
At the moment, the double-cell pipe culvert is being cleaned out. Drainage water is being redirected onto the road to make underground work easier.
One cell has been cleaned out fully, and the water that used to pool on the road has been moved to that cell. The work to clean out the second cell is about half done, and it should be done by the middle of the month.
The MCE stressed that these changes will help a lot with the flooding problem. He asked for the Ofankor barrier roundabout to be redesigned, including adding more drainage systems and making the ones that are already there bigger.
He also asked Ghanaians not to dump trash anywhere, especially when it was raining.