He stated that approximately 90% of buildings in flood-prone areas have no permits and have been constructed without regard for the municipality's layout and development plan, and such structures will be demolished.
The MCE made these remarks during a tour of the affected areas in the municipality following heavy rainfall last Saturday, which resulted in flooding in various neighbourhoods.
Improper waste disposal and non-compliance with sanitation and land use laws were identified as the main causes of such disasters, which have led to significant damage to homes and businesses.
Accompanied by assembly members from different electoral areas, the MCE visited homes and businesses affected by the floods. Known flood-prone zones, including the Civic Centre and a mega culvert on the Ho to Aflao road near the Teaching Hospital, experienced overflow.
The floodwaters carried sediment and invaded homes, causing structural damage and leaving behind debris. The Asogli palace, located near a major culvert, was also flooded.
During the visit, residents were observed scooping water from their rooms, and some shop owners were seen relocating their merchandise to vehicles.
The MCE ordered the demolition of buildings at risk of collapse due to the floods. He expressed condolences to the victims and assured that the assembly, in accordance with its mandate, will provide necessary solutions, including the expansion of existing drains.
“We need more drains in town. We must build a lot of drains that are well-engineered to handle the water flow,” Mr Bosson stated.
He highlighted that around 90% of structures in flood-prone areas lack permits, emphasizing that the assembly will not hesitate to take the necessary actions to safeguard the city.
The Teaching Hospital area was identified as a trouble spot that requires a major bridge instead of the current culvert. The ongoing construction of the UHAS bypass will create an opportunity for the construction of a suitable bridge.
Mr Bosson disclosed that the Agbogbomefia Togbe Afede XIV has requested the Municipal Assembly to promptly establish a technical committee to address the flooding issues.
The MCE expressed gratitude for the support promised by Agbogbomefia and assured everyone that the assembly will collaborate to enhance the city's development.
Ms Ivy Amewugah, the Volta Regional Director of NADMO, stated that NADMO officials are assessing the widespread damage and will work with the various assemblies to address the issue of obstructing structures.