By: Kingsley Attitsogbui|
A member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Mr. Leslie Mensah Tamakloe, who is being tipped by some NDC members to be chosen by former President John Dramani Mahama as a running mate has donated some relief items to victims of the devastating flooding situation as a result of the Akosombo and Kpong dams spillage.
The donation was done last Thursday, October 26, 2023 at Sogakope through the Members of Parliament for the affected districts in the Volta Region.
The items donated included 1, 200 bags of sachet water, 200 bags of rice, 30 boxes of cooking oil, 20 bags of sugar, 30 boxes of tin tomatoes, 20 boxes of tin fish and 20 boxes of milk.
Presenting the items, Mr. Tamakloe said he recognized the plight of those affected by the spillage and that it was important to ensure that there is food for the people affected in the devastating situation.
“I do understand and recognize the plight of those communities and people affected. And really there will be lack of food and other items so we are donating to ensure people have food to eat at least to alleviating their sufferings as livelihoods have been lost” he said.
He noted that government and other stakeholders must take critical look at the situation to really deal with the after effects when the water recedes.
He said special attention should be given to the aftermath of the flooding situation indicating structural assessment, restoration of livelihoods, clearing the mud, and compensation to ensure people affected have sustenance.
Present to receive the items for their respective districts were Member of Parliament (MP) for South Tongu, Hon. Wisdom Kobena Woyome, MP for Central Tongu, Hon. Alex Gabby Hotordze, MP for Anlo, Hon. Richard Kwami Sefe, MP for Keta, Hon. Dzudzorli Gakpey and MP for South Dayi, Hon. Rockson Dafeamekpor.
Hon. Alex Gabby Hotordze the MP for Central Tongu who spoke on behalf of his colleagues expressed gratitude and appreciation to Mr. Tamakloe for having thought about their constituents affected by the spillage of the dams.
He said the donation will help alleviate the plight of the people in this distressful time.
He called on other stakeholders and well meaning Ghanaians to support the victims.
The spillage of the Akosombo and Kpong dams begun on September 15 2023.
At least 35,995 people have been displaced according to the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO).
The North Tongu District, the hardest-hit, recorded the highest number of displaced people close to 14,000 which spans across 69 communities with 4, 260 in 15 Safe Havens currently.
The spillage has negatively affected about 10 administrative districts in the Volta Region.