Collaborate with VRA and NADMO to address the Akosombo spillage
A concerned citizen, Collins Atsu Kove has called on the government of Ghana to collaborate with the Volta River Authority (GRA) and NADMO in order to address the Akosombo dam spillage.
Mr. Collins Atsu Kove in a public statement has urged the government to call on VRA and NADMO to intervene in the disaster that has befallen the people of North, Central, and South Tongu in the Volta Region as a result of the Akosombo dam spillage.
His address reads:
URGENT CALL FOR GOVERNMENT AND VOLTA RIVER AUTHORITY (VRA) INTERVENTION IN DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Natural disasters pose significant threats to the lives, properties, and livelihoods of communities worldwide. In the case of my people along the Volta Lake in the Volta region, particularly areas like Battor, Mepe, Mafi Devime, Dokpo, Adidome, Siamekome, Avadiokome, and many others, the recurring spillage caused by the Volta River Authority (VRA) has brought about immense suffering hence the urgent need for the government, VRA, and the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) to swiftly respond to the plight of these affected communities, providing effective rescue and relief measures.
For nearly six (6) decades, the people residing along the Volta Lake in Tongu have been confronted with the devastating consequences of VRA’s spillage.
The spillage which occurs periodically has resulted in severe damage to lives, properties, and farms within the affected areas. Consequently, urgent intervention from the government, VRA, and NADMO is essential to mitigate the adverse impact on the affected communities.
The spillage of the Volta Lake has not only affected the physical infrastructure but has also caused significant disruptions to the social fabric of these communities.
Families are forced to abandon their homes, schools are closed, and healthcare services become inaccessible. This situation calls for immediate action from the government, VRA, and NADMO to provide adequate support and assistance to the affected communities.
One of the primary responsibilities of the government, VRA, and NADMO is to ensure the safety and well-being of the people. By swiftly responding to natural disasters like the spillage along the Volta Lake, these organizations can fulfill their duty to protect vulnerable communities.
This entails the provision of emergency relief supplies, medical support, and the establishment of temporary shelters for those displaced by the disaster.
Moreover, the government, VRA, and NADMO should prioritize long-term measures to prevent or minimize the impact of future spillages. This can be achieved through the construction of effective early warning systems, enhanced infrastructure, and comprehensive disaster management plans.
By investing in proactive measures, the authorities can mitigate the detrimental consequences of the spillage and safeguard the well-being of the affected communities.
Furthermore, collaboration between the government, VRA, and NADMO is crucial in addressing the challenges posed by the ongoing spillage.
By working together, these organizations can pool their resources, expertise, and knowledge to develop effective strategies for disaster management.
This collaborative effort should involve regular communication, joint planning, and the allocation of sufficient funds to ensure the successful implementation of relief and rehabilitation programs.
In conclusion, the recurring spillage along the Volta Lake has caused immense suffering to the people residing in affected areas such as Battor, Mepe, Degorme, Mafi Devime, and others.
It is imperative that the government, VRA, and NADMO promptly respond to the distress call by providing immediate rescue operations, relief measures, and long-term solutions.
By prioritizing the well-being of these communities and investing in proactive disaster management strategies, the authorities can mitigate the adverse impact of the spillage and protect the lives, properties, and livelihoods of the affected population.