President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the Head of State of the Republic of Ghana, visited victims of the Akosombo Dam spillage in the Volta region on Monday, October 16, 2023.
He addressed the chiefs and affected residents at Mepe St. Kizito Senior High Technical School.
The president’s speech has sparked a public debate, with many offering varying interpretations.
It was discovered that a portion of the president’s speech was scripted and shared on social media, leading to increased discontent with the president.
We have taken the initiative to compile the president’s complete and unaltered speech for everyone’s review.
Below is the President’s full text on his visit to Mepe.
“My visit here today is a very simple one. It’s to come sympathize and commiserate with you people. When it happened, I was in America on a official business and the Chief of Staff called me in America about what had happened and we discussed what have to be done.”
“We agreed to establish an Inter-Ministerial Committee to coordinates government’s response to the tragedy. The coordination is about immediate, it is about tomorrow and it is about tomorrow’s tomorrow.”
“The most important thing is to first of all ensure the lives of people. That is why nine (9) centres were established here in Mepe for all the displaced people.”
“And all the people in these centres have been provided with relief items by NADMO. It is NADMO’s intension to continue the exercise of providing relief items.”
“So, apart from what NADMO is doing, we have also to think about the future. I am aware that, you are farming people. The people who are farming on the banks of the river. The banks have overflown and destroyed many of the farms.”
“So, one of the things the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Finance and the Office of the President is going to be working with the District Assemblies is to decide exactly the nature of the support we have to give to you when the water has gone away.”
“This is why I am saying, the committee is working in several phases, one, immediate relief and then tomorrow, but I want you to know that, the government is going to do everything in its powers to assist to make sure things are alright.”
“I mean everybody here. And I hope you take the message across North Tongu, South Tongu and Central Tongu, and when this happens, and government act, politics does not come into the matter at all.”
“So Togbe, you and your elders, I want the people here, you, beginning with you, and the elders to understand that, when something like this happened, and government acts, government is acting for all Ghanaians.”
“I came here because Ghanaians are having difficulties and suffering, It is my responsibility to try and help because if it is a question of counting who votes for me and who doesn’t vote for me, I shouldn’t be here because you don’t vote for me.”
“But it is not my concern, and in any event, one day you will vote for me and my party.”
“So, Togbe I came here this afternoon to express my sympathies and to commiserate with all the people in the Mepe area, I chose Mepe because this is the area that has been most affected.” The President said.
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