Reverend Christian Kwabena Andrews, popularly known as Osofo Kyiri Abosom, the Founder and General Overseer of Life Assembly Worship Centre, has announced his intention to take drastic measures against former Sanitation and Water Resources Minister, Cecilia Dapaah, over monies spent on distilling the Odaw River in the Greater Accra Region.
In an interview on Kingdom FM, Osofo Kyiri Abosom indicated that he would put the former Sanitation Minister behind bars should he be elected president.
According to him, it is unacceptable for the former Minister to spend huge sums of money on what he describes at little work done.“If God doesn’t not take her away and I become President, I will prosecute her. How can you tell me you used 43 million dollars for such a thing,” he said.
On February 23, 2021, Cecilia Dapaah, the Sanitation Minister, addressed questions in Parliament regarding the funds Ghana received from the World Bank for the Greater Accra and Integrated Development initiative.
An MP inquired about the $570 million provided by the World Bank, seeking an account of its usage.
In response, Mrs. Cecilia Dapaah stated that the Ministry of Sanitation received $43 million from the total sum.
However, she did not provide a detailed breakdown of how the money was allocated. Instead, she mentioned that a portion of the funds was used “to cap about five feet around Pantang and then the Odaw Basin.”
She also stated that money was spent to “clean up the Odaw Basin to make the channels open for water to flow in.”
Osofo Kyiri Abosom criticized the project’s expenditures, believing that the money spent was not justified by the results achieved.
Osofo Kyiri Abosom expressed his frustration, stating that they provided $43 million to beautify Accra, but instead, the former Minister claimed to have used all the funds to distill the Odaw River. He criticized the outcome, describing it as an eyesore.
The Greater Accra Resilient and Integrated Development project (GARID) is the inaugural project in a series aimed at enhancing the resilience of the national capital. The first phase, spanning five years from 2020 to 2025, focuses on specific objectives.
The primary aim of the project is to enhance flood risk and solid waste management in the Odaw River basin within the Greater Accra region. Additionally, GARID seeks to improve the accessibility of basic infrastructure and services in the targeted communities situated within the Odaw River Basin. By addressing these critical issues, the project aims to fortify the region’s ability to withstand and mitigate potential challenges arising from flood hazards and waste management.
Through strategic planning and targeted interventions, GARID aims to uplift the living conditions and overall well-being of communities residing within the Odaw River Basin. The project envisions a future where the Greater Accra region is better equipped to handle flood-related risks and manage solid waste effectively, leading to safer and healthier environments for its residents.
By implementing comprehensive measures and fostering collaboration among stakeholders, GARID strives to make significant strides in building a more resilient and sustainable Greater Accra region for the present and future generations.