Making headway? New university will solve flooding - Mahama

Some people have argued that governments have failed to put in the necessary structures to curb flooding in the country. President Mahama has indicated that the new university will offer solutions to the challenge.

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President John Mahama has said that the yet to be established University for Sustainable Environmental Studies and Applied Research will provide much needed knowledge on the environment and climate to help prevent disasters in the country.

Over 200 people lost their lives while properties running into millions of cedis destroyed by the torrential rains that fell for over three hours.

Some people had gathered in front of a Pharmacy Shop at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle near the Goil Filling Station adjacent to the GBC Towers to seek for refuge from the heavy downpour but unfortunately lost their lives following a fire outbreak at the Goil filling station.

Some people have argued that governments have failed to put in the necessary structures to curb flooding in the country.

President Mahama has indicated that the new university will offer solutions to the challenge.

“I’m happy that this has been presented today because there is concern about issues to do with climate change and we need a university that is studying an environment and helping in adaptation to climate change”

“We’ve just gone through a very harrowing experience with the flooding that took place recently and I believe that there are many other aspects of our environment that are changing that we need to continue to research and find solutions to,” President Mahama made these remarks when the Planning Committee which was set up for the establishment of the University presented its report to him at the Flagstaff House.

The convener of the planning committee, Dr. Christine Amoako-Nuamah, disclosed that the new university will help address issues of food security, youth employment and the environment.

“We took cognizance of the difficulties of food security, not just in Ghana but in our sub-region and perhaps the continent as a whole. We took cognizance of the climate change issues and agricultural impacts on the environment. So we looked at all of these and then in the area of young people requiring to be employed and they finding employment for themselves,” he said

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