President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has inaugurated two ultra-modern IHC Beaver 50 dredgers and marine equipment of Dredge Masters Limited (DML), a subsidiary of the Jospong Group of Companies (JGC).
Unveiling the dredging equipment at the parking yard of DML at Adjei Kojo in Ashaiman, Accra, on Wednesday, May 25, 2022, the president said this new fleet of DML will not only help curb the yearly flooding in Accra but also improve marine life.
He commended Dredge Masters for their continuous role in supporting his government’s quest to find a permanent fix, especially, to the perennial flooding in parts of Accra.
He indicated that dredging companies have traditionally contributed to coastal protection.
“For us in Ghana, Dredge Masters has made significant contributions in this area, and the introduction today of the two ultra-modern IHC Beaver 50 dredgers means that Ghana within the West African market has its own indigenous company that can dredge to a depth of 16 metres,” he disclosed.
With this development, the president pointed out that Ghana will not need to look outside anymore when it comes to the dredging dams, reservoirs, ports, harbours and land reclamation activities.
According to him, from 2017 his government has invested GH¢450million in various flood-control measures – all in an effort to end flooding in the capital city.
Climate change, he said, is already in Africa – noting that this is being witnessed in the unprecedented floods in West Africa, depletion of forests, and vastly altered rain patterns that are threatening agriculture production and food security among others.
“All these are undermining Africa’s ability to grow and develop to bring prosperity to its people,” he said.
He reaffirmed that his administration is committed to creating an enabling environment for the private sector to not only survive but also thrive.
President Akufo-Addo used the chance to charge all Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) to ensure regular desilting of drains and gutters within their jurisdictions to allow the free flow of water during the raining season.
In this regard, he urged them to lead in the demolition of all unauthorised structures built on waterways.
“Any MMDCE who fails to carry out this exercise across the country will be held accountable,” he sternly warned.
The Minister for Works and Housing, Francis Asenso-Boakye, in a brief remark lauded DML’s contributions toward fighting flooding in Accra.
While admitting that flooding in Accra has become an annual ritual that continues to pose grave risks to lives and properties, he admonished Ghanaians to desist from practices which further compound the phenomenon.
“We remain committed to partnering with DML to address the flooding problem in Accra and other parts of the country,” he assured.
For his part, the Minister of Transport, Kwaku Ofori Asiama, announced that his ministry will seek a very strong collaboration with DML to develop the Volta Lake to benefit the people of the region and country as a whole.
In his welcome address, the Executive Chairman of JGC, Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong, indicated that the IHC Beaver 50 is an ultra-modern dredging equipment that is a top of the range for dredging in the world.
He said these two beavers come to augment the already existing fleet of DML.
“Dredge Masters Limited is introducing these ultra-modern IHC Built Cutter Suction Dredgers 5014/16 (Named Akua Boahenmaa and Abena Ayinfua) and associated Marine equipment which bring the capability of dredging up to 16 metres deep and the capacity to carry out large-scale reclamation.
“The total investment by the company in all marine equipment stands at €54million,” he revealed.
The dredgers, he explained, can undertake mega-projects at ports and harbours, reservoirs and dams; reclamation of lands from the sea; environmental and climate change mitigation works; and flood control.
According to Dr. Siaw Agyepong, Dredge Masters Limited started with the acquisition of four ultra-modern amphibious dredgers from Aquamec.
“These dredgers along with long-boom excavators, barges and earth-moving equipment dredged from Odaw Channel to the Korle lagoon (from Caprice to the sea) to restore hydrological capacity of the channel. The fleet has been augmented with two more amphibious dredgers, long-booms and other equipment over the years. Today, we have over 70 units of various dredging equipment,” he further disclosed.
He assured of his dredging company’s commitment to quality, sustainability, environmental protection and upholding high standards.