In a concerted effort to address the plight of flood-displaced constituents, Mr John Dramani Mahama, the Flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), together with Mr Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Member of Parliament for North Tongu, and their partners, have commissioned phase two of a housing project. Named the ‘Alternative Housing Project,' this initiative aims to provide free accommodation and utilities to 300 victims of the Akosombo Dam Spillage.
The commissioning ceremony took place at the project site in Mepe, Volta Region, where Mr Ablakwa underscored the importance of action over words in serving the people. He emphasized his commitment to ensuring that all constituents affected by the disaster receive equal care and support, expressing concern over the delay in government intervention to provide suitable accommodation.
During the event, Mr. Ablakwa expressed gratitude to donors for their contributions, both in kind and cash, towards the completion of the second phase. He also revealed ongoing discussions with philanthropic groups to replicate similar projects in other affected areas.
Special guest Mr. Mahama commended Mr. Ablakwa, his team, and traditional authorities for their efforts, assuring the people of the NDC's commitment to prioritizing the welfare of Ghanaian citizens. He criticized the government's delay in assisting the victims, labelling it as unacceptable.
Togbe Tepre Hodo IV, President of the Volta Regional House of Chiefs, emphasized the importance of collaboration between traditional authorities and political parties for community development. He urged a shift away from mere politicking towards a focus on tangible development initiatives.
The event witnessed the presence of Sheikh Dr. Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, the National Chief Imam, chiefs from Volta and beyond, and other dignitaries. A block within the newly constructed residence was named after the National Chief Imam in recognition of his contributions to fostering love and peace.
Among the features of the newly constructed residences are spacious kitchens, halls equipped with television sets, meeting and storage rooms, and modern washrooms. The housing project, with its disability-friendly design, aims to provide a comfortable and secure living environment for displaced constituents, reflecting a collective commitment to community well-being.