The Former Vice Chancellor of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) Prof. Kwasi Kwafo Adarkwa has disclosed that he gets sad whenever Kumasi floods after heavy down pour.
Prof. Adarkwa who wrote a book to serve as a guide to fight flooding in Kumasi has been collecting dust on Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) shelves.
Pouring out his frustrations on Abusua Nkommo hosted by Kwame Adinkra, he attributed failure by successive city authorities to implement policies to greediness and nepotism.
The book which was written in 2011 on how flooding can be dealt with in Kumasi is titled ‘The future of the tree, towards growth and development of Kumasi’.
He said authorities are abreast with challenges associated with floods in Kumasi but have refused to act to stop perennial flooding which displaces residents whenever it rains.
Prof. Adarkwa indicated that KMA authorities have blamed their inability to implement guidelines in his book to lack of funds.
He questioned why authorities allow people to build on water ways advising rich folks to desist from putting up mansions and other structures which tend to prevent flow of water.
He questioned why there is always vehicular traffic in the Kumasi Metropolis whenever it floods when authorities have the will power to fight the problem.
Prof Adarkwa bemoaned technical know-how which is not put to proper use for the betterment of the Garden city.
‘Truth be told, I am always saddened by flooding in Kumasi. After all these years how come we have not been able to solve flooding in the Metropolis. Lives and properties are always lost in rain waters whenever there is heavy down pour. How long can we continue to face these challenges?. We need political will to fight residents who build on water ways, KMA has to look for funds to rebuild Kumasi,’ he suggested.
The Former Vice Chancellor of KNUST expressed hope that there will be a change of attitude amongst residents who litter around thus choking gutters whenever it rains.
He suggested to city authorities and other politicians to dialogue with the Department of Planning to reshape Kumasi to avert future occurrences of flooding.
‘We should walk our talk, let’s put our thoughts to action, we can get our beautiful city back if we put our heads together,’ Prof. Adarkwa said.