Anloga, Volta Region – President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has lauded the collective efforts of individuals, groups, and corporate Ghana for their invaluable support to flooded communities affected by the Akosombo Dam's excess water spillage.
Many private companies, individuals, and state institutions have joined forces to provide relief to communities downstream that have been severely impacted by the unprecedented flooding, resulting in significant property and investment losses, and causing immense hardships, particularly in the Tongu districts, which were among the hardest hit areas.
Addressing the 61st Hogbetsotsoza, the traditional festival of the chiefs and people of Anlo, held in Anloga, President Akufo-Addo commended the collaborative efforts as a shining example of the “best of the Ghanaian spirit on display.”
He expressed gratitude to engineers, health practitioners, civil society organizations, businesses, the military, and journalists, among others, for their role in mitigating the impact of the disaster on the affected communities.
President Akufo-Addo highlighted the effective cooperation among the Inter-Ministerial Committee, the Health Service, the Military, and the Police in responding to the crisis. He stressed the importance of recognizing the potential for government structures to work in harmony.
The President also acknowledged the contributions made by the private sector and ordinary citizens who provided donations and offered assistance in various forms to support the affected communities.
He did, however, caution that while the majority of journalists effectively reported on the flooding situation, a few failed to verify their facts, leading to misinformation. One such instance was the erroneous report of a bilharzia outbreak, which the Health Service subsequently debunked.
The President encouraged journalists to uphold the principles of their profession to better serve society.
Additionally, President Akufo-Addo commended the Queenmother of Mepe in North Tongu, Mamaga Adzo Srako IV, for her courageous defense of his “innocent comments” during his visit to the area.
It also recognized the remarkable efforts of engineers and citizens of Anlo, including the three municipal and district chief executives along the Anlo coast, who worked together to drain the over-flooded Keta Lagoon into the sea by breaching the sandbar separating the lagoon and the sea.