Eric Nana Agyemang- Prempeh, Director General of the National Disaster Management Organization ( NADMO) has on Monday, 23rd October, 2023, distributed some relief items to authorities of the Savannah region. This forms part of the grounds by government of Ghana to provide some comfort to the affected persons of the Akosombo Dam spillage in the Central Gonja District, East and West Gonja municipal assemblies.
The relief items include 300 pieces of mattresses, 300 bags of 25kg rice, 400 pieces of mosquitoe nets, 50 cartons of cooking oil, 100 cartons of soap, 50 cartons of sugar cube, 5,000 pieces of plastic cups, and 5,000 pieces of plastic plates.
The rest are 200 pieces of blankets, 100 cartons of mosquitoe coil, 20 bales of polymats, 50 bales of used clothing, 1,000 pieces of plastic buckets and 1,000 pieces of plastic basins.
Some 6,000 people have been rendered homeless in the region following the spillage of Akosombo Dam early this month.
Currently some affected residents of Buipe in the Central Gonja district are stationed at Buipe RC primary school whilst others are staying with relatives and friends.
Mohammed Tohir, the Savannah regional director for NADMO, DCE for Central Gonja, MCEs for West and East Gonja municipal assemblies, staff of NADMO, coordinating directors, among others, were part of the team at Buipe.
Eric Agyemang Prempeh and his team toured and interacted with flood victims and assured them of government’s support.
The team also paid a courtesy call on the Buipewura Jinapor II, the traditional leader of the Buipe traditional Council.
Eric Agyemang Prempeh appealed to Buipewura Jinapor II and his cabinet to help make some land available so that the affected victims will be relocated. He said his office will keep in touch with the palace to make sure those affected get better comfort.
“We are with you, this is just the beginning of our support. We will keep coming but we don’t pray the rains continue.
Together with our chiefs, we have to look at resettling the victims from where they live.
With climate change issues affecting the area, rains will keep coming. So if we leave them to stay there it won’t be good idea.
When they die, NADMO cannot bring lives back. The government needs the support of the chiefs to get the people relocated”
He commended the regional NADMO Director Mohammed Tohir, the Savannah Regional Coordinating Council (SRCCC), the affected municipal and district assemblies for a good job done so far in finding comfort for the flood victims.
Eric Agyemang Prempeh also, expressed gratitude to the chiefs and people of the area for their efforts and appealed for more support to the victims.
The paramount Chief of Buipe traditional council, Buipewura Jinapor II in a welcome address appealed to the DCEs and NADMO officials to do fair distribution of the relief items devoid of politics because water doesn’t know NDC, NPP.
“Water doesn’t know NDC or NPP. So officials of the district assemblies and NADMO must share the items fairly. This will enable all affected persons to receive some form of comfort”.
Buipewura Jinapor II also disclosed that the Buipe traditional council has made available, a vast land that will be developed by December 2023 to help in the relocation processes.
Musah Kusubari Karim received the relief items on behalf of the Savannah regional minister, Saeed Muhazu Jibril.
He commended NADMO for the items and assured that all affected persons will receive a fair share of the items.
He also expressed gratitude to colleague MDCEs for keeping in touch with the affected persons and their families since the floods started.
Source: Abdulai Zulkaninu/ padfm.com.gh / 0242381890