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Parliament Approves $150 Million Loan To Solve Accra Floods

The minority side in parliament opposed the approval of the loan as Member of the Works and Housing Committee, Emmanuel Bedzrah, said that a 200 million dollar loan approved for the GARID project had been mishandled by the government.

At an emergency parliamentary sitting on Friday, May 17, Parliament approved a 150 million dollar World Bank loan to fund the Greater Accra Resilient and Integrated Development (GARID) project, aimed to address flooding in Accra.

The minority side in parliament opposed the approval of the loan as Member of the Works and Housing Committee, Emmanuel Bedzrah, said that a 200 million dollar loan approved for the GARID project had been mishandled by the government.

“If the whole Odaw has not been drained for two years and $200 million has been allocated and the Odaw river has not been drained or desilted or dredged I don’t see why we need an additional 150 million again,” Bedzrah argued.

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However, after a headcount vote where the majority had 138 and the minority 82, the House approved the loan.

Earlier, Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin swore in the newly elected Ejisu MP, Kwabena Boateng. Boateng was elected in the April by-election following the death of sitting MP John Kumah and won a majority of the votes, narrowly defeating a former MP.

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