Cabinet declares flooding a National Security issue -Asenso-Boakye

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Cabinet has deemed the nation’s recurring floods, which continues to harm people’s lives, livelihoods, and property, a national security concern. As a result, Cabinet has urged the various law enforcement agencies to play a crucial role in resolving the issue.

In light of this, Cabinet established a committee to create an all-encompassing strategy with suitable actions to reinforce the enforcement of laws pertaining to lands and building siting.

In addition to the Minister of National Security serving as Chair of the Committee, other members include the Ministers of Works and Housing, Local Government, Decentralization and Rural Development, Sanitation, and Lands and Natural Resources.

These were revealed by Francis Asenso-Boakye, MP, Minister of Works and Housing, during his address to Parliament about the ministry’s efforts to alleviate the nation’s flooding problems.

The sector minister is optimistic that the government’s decision will go a long way toward sparking the comprehensive approach required to mitigate the problem and provide relief to the populace, given the rising risk of flooding throughout the nation, which is largely caused by inadequate drainage infrastructure, improper solid waste disposal, disregard for planning rules and regulations, and rapid urbanization, among other things.

Asenso-Boakye pledged that his Ministry will continue to work with the Ministry of National Security to obtain support for the Assemblies to enforce planning laws and building standards after observing construction on waterways that was done flagrantly in violation of the law.

“My Ministry will also continue engagement with the Ministry of Local Government, Decentralisation, and Rural Development to strengthen the support provided to the Assemblies in addressing the issue of buildings in waterways and drainage buffers.”

Source: Kwaku Boffah

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