Hon. Member of Parliament (MP) for North Tongu Constituency, Volta Region, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has been a phenomenal icon in fast-tracking aids for his constituents since the VRA-induced flood commenced.
The Akosombo Dam spillage has displaced a great number of citizens in the three (3) Tongu constituencies – North, Central, and South.
All the MPs for the said constituencies have played their various both personally and collectively to ensure that the affected are given the needed and right treatment.
He (Okudzeto) also toured the affected communities in his beloved constituency which have been submerged under the water discharged by the Volta River Authority from the Akosombo and Kpong Dams.
The flood has displaced thousands of people and properties worth millions.
He urged VRA to ensure all those in affected areas are relocated to higher ground before carrying out another round of discharge right from the onset.
We have compiled a list of donations/contributions Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has received since day one (1) of the VRA-induced till today, Tuesday, October 24, 2023.
1. Okudzeto launched
the MP’s Mobile Relief Caravan where he developed an effective distribution system to ensure that all 19 camps for displaced persons in my beloved constituency regularly receive much-needed relief items without bottlenecks.
The MP’s office has secured a relief package comprising bags of rice, maize, sugar, cooking oil, canned fish, mosquito nets, detergents, tissues, mosquito repellents, sanitary towels, life jackets, and tissues for onward distribution to all camps.
2. North Tongu MP’s Medical Relief Caravan
In Partnership with the Ghana Medical Association Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association Catholic Health Services Trust North Tongu Health Directorate, his office worked to get Volunteer Doctors and Nurses to provide:
- Free Treatment of Medical Conditions
- Free Immunization
- Free Psychological Therapy
- Free Medication
- Health Education
- WASH Campaign
NB: 24/7 professional services in all the 20 displaced camps.
From the day of launching it until the humanitarian crisis ends.
3. The Christian Council of Ghana made generous donations by giving trucks of sachet water and bottles of water for drinking including sacks of rice and other items.
4. The Ghana Tanker Owners Union also showed exemplary humanity for emulation.
They donated a full truck of food items combined including water among other needed items.
5. North Tongu MP’s Disaster Donation Drive
In support of victims of the Akosombo and Kpong dams spillage
The details read: SUPPORT IN CASH OR KIND
Dial *713*75# and follow the prompts to pay. The reference code is 38036
To support in kind, call
6. He secured and handed over all medications required for the Medical Caravan to the team of outstanding doctors and nurses helping the team keep the traumatized displaced constituents in good health from Atlantic Pharmaceuticals and Gokals Laborex Limited.
7. The Accra-based non-governmental organisation, BKQ Foundation donated food items and cash to the victims of the Akosombo Dam spillage in the three (3) constituencies.
8. First Sky Group. The First Sky Group promised and cut sod for a housing project to relocate 12,000 displaced constituents.
The group is First Sky’s subsidiary known as Construction Ambassadors.
For the success of the project, the constituencies offered free land at all agreed three (3) locations.
Additionally, we stand ready to provide communal labour support.
The relocation is geared to restore the dignity of the constituents, ensure they live in much healthier conditions, and free the 21 schools being used as safe havens so our children can return to school.
9. The media, TV3 made a comprehensive coverage from the ground and played a phenomenal role in highlighting the grave levels of devastation following the VRA-induced disaster.
10. H.E. John Dramani Mahama and the leadership of the NDC visited the affected people and contributed their quota.
11. The Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Ghana — Moderator Rev. Lt. Col. Bliss Divine Kofi Agbeko and the delegated members prayed and gave material assistance.
12. The management of Rafimex Ghana Limited (producers of Lucozade energy drink) put a smile on the faces of the affected victims.
13. The iconic Fella Precious Makafui presented loads of items.
14. North Tongu MP’s
SPECIAL TEACHING & LEARNING INITIATIVE
It was launched for children in all the 21 displaced camps.
The lesson for the children started on Monday, 23rd October, 2023 in all 21 displaced camps where volunteer teachers and university students have been mobilized to help the children make up for lost academic time and be put back on track with their peers across the country.
15. The University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ho, led by Vice Chancellor, Prof. Lydia Aziato presented water food, and other items.
16. McDan Foundation presented mattresses, drinking water, minerals (drinks), and poly tanks among other things.
17. Tanko’s Kitchen provided a daily objective of feeding 3,000 displaced people in camps across North Tongu.
18. Lydia Forson, Naa Ashorkor, and friends handed over an impressive package for displaced mothers and babies in the Mepe St. Kizito Camp.
19. Naa Ashorkor of TV3 spread the news on TV3 and collective social media posts.
20. Former MP and Former Deputy Central Regional Minister, Hon. Aquinas Tawiah Quansah presented many bags of maize from his own farm.
21. Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) deployed military personnel to help transport victims across the “flood rivers”.
22. Okudzeto supplied life jackets and other materials to his constituents.
These and many other contributions were received to safe-keep the affected victims.