Greater Accra chiefs express concerns over dam spillage, urge residents to adhere to evacuation rules


The President and the Members of the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs have advised individuals living along the banks of the Volta Lake to adhere to directives from the authorities in charge of the evacuation exercise.

“The President and the Members of the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs have observed with grave concerns the havoc that has been wrecked on towns and communities along the Volta River by the Akosombo Dam spillage.”

“The House commiserates with all affected regions, towns, communities, families and individuals, especially our own people in Ada and Osudoku Traditional Areas. It is our hope that all individuals living along the banks of the River will adhere to every directive by authorities in charge of the evacuation exercise,” they said in a statement.

They expressed hope that Ghanaians will extend a helping hand to the affected victims and also integrate them into the nearby communities.

“It is our firm belief that Ghanaians will exhibit their hospitalities in assisting affected victims to salvage and also to integrate them into nearby communities. It is our hope that we come out of this disaster stronger with one destiny,” they advised.

Meanwhile, the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his Cabinet are beginning a three-day retreat to deliberate on the country’s economy and the humanitarian crisis that has hit many parts of Lower Volta following the spillage of the Akosombo and the Kpong Dams.

The retreat comes on the back of the International Monetary Fund’s approval of the next tranche of $600 million balance of payment support for Ghana after reaching a staff agreement.

The retreat will also discuss the devastating effect of the spillage of the dam which has rendered thousands homeless in the Volta, Eastern and parts of the Greater Accra Regions.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo earlier this week said government will do everything possible to ensure the needed help reaches victims of the floods.

Akufo-Addo gave the assurance when he visited the residents of Mepe and surrounding areas on Monday to ascertain the devastation caused by the spillage.

President Akufo-Addo indicated that the inter-ministerial committee he commissioned to tackle issues pertaining to the flooding is to decide the immediate relief to be provided to the victims and also to ensure such a disaster of greater proportion does not happen in the future.

“The coordination is about the immediate and the most important thing was to ensure the life of people and that is why 9 centres were established for all the displaced people and all the people in these 9 centres have been provided relief items by NADMO, and it is NADMO’s intention to continue to provide relief items. Apart from what NADMO is doing, we must also think about the future.”