The Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has sympathised with victims of the Akosombo Dam spillage, which has displaced several households and livelihoods in the Volta Region and some parts of Eastern and Greater Accra Regions.
The spillage displaced several communities in about eight districts and the Vice President, on Wednesday toured some of the affected communities in the Volta Region, as well as some holding centres providing temporary shelter for victims.
Addressing Chiefs, community members and some of the victims, Dr Bawumia could not hold back his sadness at the situation.
“When I look into the eyes of our mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers who are seated here, I see so much sadness and pain. Their lives have been turned upside down as a result of what has happened.
“These are people who were going about their normal duties every day to take care of themselves, but now they have to depend on others for livelihood and I am saddened by that,” Dr. Bawumia said.
Despite the sad situation they find themselves in, Dr Bawumia urged the victims to find solace in the Holy Book and thank God for the gift of life.
“We are told in the Good Book that in all things, we should give thanks to God. Why are we thanking God in this situation? Because He has saved the lives of all those here. So far, we have not heard of the loss of life and life is more important.”
“We thank God for their lives. In many situations, such disasters are accompanied by loss of lives and we thank God that everybody here is safe. With life, we can restore what we have lost.”
The National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) and other government agencies, through the Inter-Ministerial Committee, set up by the government, have swiftly responded to the disaster by evacuating affected people to about 20 holding centres and also providing emergency relief items.
Dr Bawumia assured that the government is not only committed to providing temporary solutions but is also committed to providing relief to restore the livelihoods of those affected.
“I want to assure that the government will do everything possible to assist the affected people to provide relief and also restore the livelihoods of those affected.”
“We are not only looking at temporary relief, we are also looking at a more sustained support through the Inter-Ministerial Committee, so that those affected can restore their livelihoods.”
The Vice President commended NADMO for its pro-activeness, which he said helped in averting what could have been a bigger disaster.
“I want to thank the NADMO for their pro-activeness. We could have had a major disaster on our hands without the pro-activeness of NADMO, through the simulation exercise they conducted last year when they did not even know this would happen.”
“I also want to thank the army, the navy, VRA and all stakeholders for their collective efforts so far.
Among communities the Vice President visited were New Bakpa in Central Tongu District as well as Sogakope and Sokpoe, both in South Tongu District.
The Vice President was accompanied by Interior Minister Ambrose Dery, Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, Volta Regional Minister Archibald Letsa and officials of NADMO and the VRA.
Rex Mainoo Yeboah, ISD