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Cabinet approves $200 million facility for Accra Resilient and Integrated Development Project.

BY: Irene Narh-Saam
 Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah
Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah

Cabinet has approved a $200 million credit facility from the International Development Association(IDA) for the implementation of the Proposed Greater Accra Resilient and Integrated Development Project.

According to the Minister for Information, Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, four Ministries are expected to spearhead the project and they include the Ministries of Works and Housing, Sanitation and Water Resources, Zongo Development and Local Government.

"Among their respective roles, the Works and Housing will use its share of the fund to handle drainage of key water outlets including the Odaw River while the Sanitation Ministry will be responsible for the construction of transfer stations and landfill sites", he said.

Expected Outcome of the project

The project he said is expected "to improve flood risk management and solid waste management in the Odaw River Basin of the Greater Accra Region and improve access to basic infrastructure and services in the targeted communities within the basin".

Mr Oppong Nkrumah also added that because flooding often causes people to lose their lives and properties, the project will therefore mitigate the impact of floods and enhance economic and social development.

He added that, solid waste management will also be improved under the project with about 500,000 people from low income communities benefiting from solid waste collection and final disposal capacity improvements.

"The indiscriminate dumping of refuse and the plastic waste menace will also be controlled resulting in the reduction of solid waste that ends up in the ocean also known as marine litter", he said.