Energy Minister, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh has on Tuesday, 7th November, 2023 led officials of the Volta River Authority (VRA) and the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) as part of VRA’s routine visits to areas affected by the Akosomdo dam spillage.
Addressing a gathering of stakeholders at the NADMO Emergency Operations Centre at the North Tongu District Assembly in Battor, the Minister said he joined the team to commiserate with the people and to reiterate government’s continued support for the affected communities.
“We are working together with all stakeholders to support to you”, he said.
The Chief of Mepe, Mankralo Hevi Borbodzi, expressed his satisfaction with the efforts by government at ameliorating the plight of the people.
“This is not a partisan matter; it is about the future of our country. It is just unfortunate that we have to go through these painful circumstances because of this necessary spillage, but as I said it is also not a platform for politicking. We are grateful to government for the interventions so far”, he said.
The team also visited the Central Tongu District Assembly in Adidome where the District Chief Executive, Hon. Thomas Moore Zonyrah, also expressed gratitude to the Minister for his visit to the area.
Togbe Kofi Torsu, Mankralo of Bakpa, also expressed his appreciation to the Minister and the officials for the continued support.
The Minister donated 70 bags of gari, 1200 bags of rice, 260 cartons of mackerel and 56 cartons of oils to cater for the victims.
The items also included 60 bags of beans, 60 boxes of ekujuice, 60 boxes of biscuits and 25 boxes of solar lamps with panel.
Speaking to the press after the engagements, the Minister stated his Ministry’s readiness to cooperate with the VRA and all stakeholders to get to the bottom of the matter, stressing that NADMO will continue its collaboration with the VRA in the distribution of relief items.
Dr. Opoku Prempeh also expects to appear before Parliament with VRA officials on Wednesday, 8th November, 2023 to update the house on the social interventions to the victims.
At the Adidome Farm Institute which is serving as the safe haven for the affected people, Dr. Opoku Prempeh reiterated government’s quest through the inter-ministerial Committee to ensure they are given the maximum reprieve.
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