Cabinet has approved the construction of six storm drain facilities in the La-Nkwantang Municipal Assembly in the Greater Accra Region to help avert the perennial flooding in the municipality.
The areas that are to benefit from the cabinet’s decision are Fire Stone, Madina Zongo Junction, Rees Junction, Adentan East and West areas.
According to the Minister for Inner-City and Zongo Development Alhaji Abubakar Saddique Boniface, who is also the Member of Parliament (MP) for Madina, works will begin on the construction of the six storm drains in October this year to save lives and properties during the torrential rains.
He said cabinet took the decision to have the storm drains in the municipality constructed because it was one of the hardest hit municipalities in the Greater Accra Region anytime it rains.
He assured the gathering of the aged that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has given the Minister of Roads Highways, Kwesi Amoako-Atta, specific directives to make sure roads in the constituency were included in the construction of the seventy-two thousand kilometre roads in the country.
The roads, he mentioned, include Melcom, Hannah School Complex, Presec, Tantani, Zongo roads, adding that the contractors were mobilising to move to site for onward construction.
The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the role of the aged in the promotion of peace and religious harmony in Zongo communities in the country.
The aged were drawn from the various electoral areas in the Madina constituency notable among them were the peri-urban areas such as Oyarifa, Otini Danfa and Ayi Mensah, Adentan, Ashalley Botwe and Adjiriganno among others in Accra.
The aged were in the office of the minister to hear at first-hand some of the social interventions the ministry had for the aged as part of its mandate of social development.
They were later taken on a tour of the Old Castle where the irreparable vehicles belonging to former presidents of the Republic had been parked.
The minister,r joined by the Chief Director of the Ministry, Gifty Biyira Mahama, further revealed that five major roads which had also been awarded to contractors will see them move to site soon.
He told the elated gathering not to be worried when they have difficulties getting in touch with him but added that he was working hard to bring development to the municipality and the constituents.
He promised to enroll all one-fifty participants at the meeting onto the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to enable them access healthcare with ease in the municipality.
He maintained that the health needs of the aged formed part of social and human development needs of the ministry of Inner-City and Zongo Development.
He further promised to make available some number of plastic chairs and canopies for their meetings in the municipality.
The Chairperson for the Oyarifa Aged Association, Madam Juliana Adjei, who led her colleagues to the meeting with the minister and his team of directors, thanked the ministry for the opportunities made available to them.
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