#AccraFloods Stop making empty promises about floods - Clergy to gov’t

Over 100 people were reported dead while properties running into millions of cedis destroyed by the torrential rains that fell for over three hours.

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The Catholic Bishops Conference has asked government to stop making empty promises and fix the persistent flooding problem in the country.

“For all this time, what we what we have witnessed is government officials and ministers visiting flood scenes to commiserate with the victims and to make long empty promises to fix the situation…Year in and year out, the same situation keeps recurring without any concrete practical steps being taken to address it holistically,” a statement released by the Chairman of the Conference, Most Reverend Osei Bonsu noted.

Ghana in recent times was submerged in flood following torrential and consistent rainfall especially in the capital city, Accra. Over 100 people were reported dead while properties running into millions of cedis destroyed by the torrential rains that fell for over three hours.

Following the incident, many have criticised government for failing to reduce the impact of floods in the major cities.

The clergy is suggesting that city authorities should not give building permits to people to build on water courses adding that, “Those who flout such building regulations must be dealt with according to the law. Every Ghanaian should accept that when we flout our laws, we will all one day inevitably face the consequences of such an act”.

They extended their condolences to the families of the victims and directed that all Catholics should pray for the departed and donate blood to save the ailing.

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