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Clean-up Exercise by Ablekuma North Municipal Assembly to Tackle Flooding in Odorkor Market

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The Municipal Environmental Health and Sanitation Unit of the Ablekuma North Municipal Assembly, in partnership with the office of the assembly member of the Odorkor Electoral Area, recently organized a clean-up exercise at the Odorkor Market and its environs. The main aim of the exercise was to improve drainage and solid waste management in flood-prone areas.

During the exercise, Environmental Health Officers of the Assembly, together with inhabitants of the area, cleared rubbish, desilted choked drains and removed refuse from the surroundings. The Ablekuma North Municipal Assembly is among the 17 assemblies implementing the Greater Accra Resilient and Integrated Development (GARID) Project, a social behavioral change campaign aimed at addressing flooding in the Odaw Basin.

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According to Mrs Harriet Krakue, the Municipal Environmental Health Officer of the Assembly, the exercise was to prevent flooding incidents in the area, especially during the rainy season, to achieve the objective of GARID. She emphasized that freeing the drains and gutters of filth would help curb the incident of flooding in the low-lying area of Accra, including Ablekuma North.

Under the GARID Project, the Assembly has received the necessary equipment to enable it to achieve the intended objective in the area. Mrs Krakue disclosed that the exercise would be carried out monthly to ensure the mitigation of flooding in the municipality. She urged households to register with accredited waste management services for regular picking of their waste to forestall indiscriminate littering of refuse.

Furthermore, Mrs Krakue said that the Assembly was planning to gradually expand the gutters and drains to contain the volume of running water during the rainy season to reduce the magnitude of the flooding incident. This plan, she said, would significantly impact the sanitation situation in the electoral area, providing a cleaner and safer environment for inhabitants.

Mr Ishmael Quao, the officeholder of the Odorkor Electoral Area, stated that his office would continue to organize clean-up exercises and monitor the sanitation situation in the area. He urged residents to support the initiative to prevent flooding and promote a healthy environment.

For the most part, the clean-up exercise by the Ablekuma North Municipal Assembly is a commendable step towards addressing flooding in Odorkor Market and its environs. This exercise highlights the importance of proper waste management and the role of households in promoting a clean and safe environment.

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