UNDP supports the construction of footbridge in AccraMay 10, 2017
With funding from the Norwegian Government, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has supported the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) to construct a 25-meter footbridge for residents of Alogboshie in Accra.
The initiative forms part of efforts by the 'Community Resilience through Early Warning', (CREW) project to reduce the risks associated with disasters, especially in flood-prone areas. Alogboshie and its environs experience floods multiple times each year, posing serious threats to lives and properties of more than 20,000 inhabitants.
The footbridge replaces a weak wooden bridge which easily washed away after a downpour, making it impassable to residents, and risking the lives of children who seek a passage through the floods.
In his brief remarks during the inauguration of the footbridge, UNDP Country Director, Mr. Dominic Sam indicated that the lessons learned from the Alogboshie project can guide local government authorities as they replicate the effort in their jurisdiction. He underscored the need to adequately resource decentralized government institutions to put adequate infrastructure in place to make communities safe and resilient.
The Norwegian Ambassador, Ms. Hege Hertzberg also expressed the need for communities to be better prepared through the establishment of appropriate early warning systems to enhance effective adaptation to the impacts of climate change. "This footbridge does not only contribute to disaster risk reduction, but also benefits the children in the community as they safely commute to school daily", she said.
The footbridge was inaugurated by the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Hon. Ishmael Ashitey in the presence of other dignitaries including the Member of Parliament for Okaikoi North, Hon. Fuseini Issah; a member of the Defence and Interior Committee of Parliament, Hon. Helen Adjoa Ntoso and the Director General of NADMO - Hon. Eric Nana Agyeman-Prempeh.
The chief of Alogboshie, Emmanuel Nii Kuma on behalf of the community thanked NADMO, UNDP and the Government of Norway for the support.
Besides the initiative in Accra, the CREW project has made similar investments in other pilot areas in Cape Coast, Techiman, Fanteakwa, Kumasi, Bawku and Bunkpurugu-Yunyoo.
Norway is supporting the CREW project with US$ 5.2million funding to build national and local capacities to reduce disaster risks over a four-year period, ending 2017.