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The Minister for Works and Housing, Francis Asenso-Boakye, has disclosed that the Finance Ministry will allocate funds for the construction of the second phase of the Keta sea defence wall.
The announcement comes a day after tidal waves ravaged homes of residents in Anloga and Keta.
According to Mr Asenso-Boakye, the completion of works under the second phase of the project, was expected to cover a minimum coastal stretch of 8km.
Speaking at a press conference, on Monday, November 8, 2021, Mr Asenso-Boakye said that, “the Ministry of Works and Housing knows the urgency of the second phase of the project to protect the other communities. To this end, the Ministry has commenced urgent steps to implement the second phase of the project.”
He added that the Ministry had finalised the evaluation of the relevant proposals for the construction to begin.
“The Ministry is actively working with the Ministry of Finance to raise the needed funding for the implementation of the second phase which will protect the beaches, lives and livelihoods,” Mr Asenso-Boakye noted.
This year’s waves have affected many households and individuals, mainly displacing many residents and destroying fishing accoutrement, livestock, and other valuables.
Even though the ravages of tidal waves are not new to the Keta coastline, the damage this year has been enormous, disrupting major economic activities, affecting women, children and other vulnerable people in these communities.
Residents of Dzita, Agbledomi, Atiteti, Agokedzi, and Fuveme in the Anloga district of the Volta Region have been displaced. Also, Properties running into thousands of Ghana cedis have been destroyed.