The minister-designate for Sanitation and Water Resources, Cecilia Dapaah, has said work has commenced on the Tamale water project.
She said “the contractors have been on the site and are at the site doing geological surveys and I think the development phase is going on”
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in July 2020 cut sod for the construction of the Tamale Water Supply Project which seeks to expand the supply capacity of the Tamale Metropolitan area, and also improve upon the flexibility of water supply.
Responding to a question from the MP for Tamale South during her vetting before Parliament’s Appointments Committee, the nominee said the project is projected to withstand population growth and feed inhabitants of Tamale with portable water till 2040.
Meanwhile, the minister-designate for Sanitation and Water Resources, Cecilia Dapaah, has also called for new designs to be developed in place of open gutters.
The nominee opined that, open gutters were archaic and passé, hence the need to change the designs so they can better serve their purpose.
“I think the open gutters, they are archaic, they are passé and we need to have a new design of roads engineering and one typical example is the one we have at the Agbobloshie market. It is a modern design and you see that the water passes through some things.
She said “you don’t have the open gutters for people to actually pour in rubbish or litter and I found one thing also during the course of my tour of all the MMDAs in Accra. These flying plastics as soon as they touch water, they get stuck”.
Cecilia Dapaah also said Accra is on course to become the cleanest city in Africa as promised by President Nana Akuffo Addo in 2017.
“Accra is on course to become the cleanest city that the President said in absolute terms. I think we are on course, looking at what we started doing and what I inherited from my colleague” she indicated.
According to her, some government interventions such as the provision of dustbins on roadsides and the provision of about 3,300 household toilets were key to achieving the target.
Story by: Edward A. Ken-Zorre