Seventeen Assemblies receive over GH¢8m to improve drainage infrastructure

Some 17 Metropolitan and Municipal Assemblies (MMAs) in the Greater Accra Region have received over GH¢8 million to improve drainage infrastructure under the Greater Accra Resilient and Integrated Development (GARID) Project.

This follows the disbursement of a total of GH¢10.9 million in both 2022 and 2023 for the same goal.

The beneficiary Assemblies are expected to use the grant to improve the operation and maintenance of drainage and solid waste management in communities along the Odaw River channel.

Dr Ohene Sarfoh, The GARID Project Coordinator, disclosed this to the Ghana News Agency at an event to distribute some multipurpose drones to the project beneficiary MMAs in Accra.

He said the Assemblies received a total grant between GH¢5.6 million to about GH¢7.2 million based on their performances on how well they used the 2023 grant. 

He added that the grant was part of the result-based financing mechanisms the GARID Project had put in place to improve drainage maintenance and solid waste management among the project implementing MMAs.

The Project Coordinator said the initial tranches of the grant were disbursed equally to all the 17 beneficiary Assemblies, however, the disbursement of the 2024 tranche and the subsequent ones would be based solely on performance assessments.

Dr. Sarfoh announced that a total of $3,250,000 had been earmarked for disbursement to the 17 project beneficiary Assemblies over a 5-year period.

He said a significant proportion of the grant for the previous years was used by the Assemblies for desilting priority drains they had identified which contributed to the reduction of the incidence of flooding in various localities of the city where the Odaw River traverses.

“Part of the grant was also channelled into institutional development including development of drainage network maps, condition assessments of the drains in the flooding hotspots, procurement of logistics, and for training some staff of the beneficiary Assemblies” he said.

The Project Coordinator urged them to make good use of the grant to curb incidences of flooding in Accra.

The GARID project is being implemented by the Government of Ghana with a credit facility from the World Bank and aims at improving drainage, solid waste management and infrastructure in priority flood-prone informal settlements within the Odaw River Basin.

The project beneficiary Assemblies include the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, Ablekuma Central, North, and West Municipal Assemblies.

Adentan Municipal Assembly, Ayawaso Central, East, North, and West Municipal Assemblies.

The rest are the Ga Central, East, North, and West Municipal Assemblies, La Dade Kotopon Municipal Assembly, La-Nkwantanang Madina Municipal Assembly, Okaikoi North Municipal Assembly, and Korle-Klottey Municipal Assembly.

Source: GNA

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