Battor, Volta Region – Mr Ken Ofori-Atta, the Minister of Finance, visited communities in the Tongu Districts affected by the Akosombo Dam spillage and made a generous donation of GH¢2 million worth of relief items to assist the victims during this challenging time.
In addition to the relief items, the Minister and his team also provided a cash donation of GH¢50,000 as a symbol of solidarity with the affected communities.
The purpose of Mr. Ofori-Atta's visit was to assess the situation and engage in discussions about ways to support the victims of the dam spillage. During his visit, he pledged to incorporate additional assistance in the upcoming budget to address the needs of the displaced residents who have lost their homes.
He also expressed his Ministry's commitment to collaborating with various stakeholders, including Dr. Archibald Yao Letsa, the Regional Minister, and the Inter-Ministerial Committee, to provide housing solutions for those affected.
Mr. Eric Nana Agyemang-Prempeh, the Director-General of the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), and his Deputy, Mr. Seji Saji, expressed their gratitude for the support received and called for continued assistance from the Minister.
Togbe Kwasi Nego VI, the Maklalo of Mefe, commended the Minister's visit and generous donations. He stressed the urgent need to rebuild their communities and restore the well-being of the affected residents.
Mr. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Member of Parliament for the North Tongu Constituency, also praised the Minister's visit and stated that it reassured him of the government's commitment to resolving the situation. He urged the Minister to allocate sufficient funds in the upcoming budget to facilitate the restoration of livelihoods in the district.
In response, Mr Ofori-Atta assured Togbe Nego and the MP that the government remained dedicated to providing ongoing support until all affected individuals regain their comfort and stability.
Following the donations, Mr Ofori-Atta and his team embarked on a tour of safe havens in the district to interact with some of the victims and assure them of the government's intervention.