An aspiring Presidential Candidate on the ticket of the New Patriotic Party, Kojo Nsafoah Poku has called on VRA to bring to book the engineers in charge of the Akosombo Dam.
According to him, the level of devastation the spilling of the water from the Akosombo dam has caused people living in communities along the Volta River right from the Northern, Eastern, Volta and Greater Accra regions of Ghana should be of great concern to the Government.
He blamed the Volta River Authority stressing that they could have been able to avoid the situation if they were monitoring regularly.
In a related development, the Paramount Chief of Asogli, Togbe Afede XIV, has expressed concerns about the devastating flood caused by the spillage of the Akosombo dam.
He stressed, “This could have been avoided. Standing right at GRIDCO sub-station almost fully submerged, we have seen the situation in people’s homes, it’s really mind-boggling. They will live with the pain for some time. It’s not that it will have a clear path and go down the slope, this will be stagnant water for a very long time. People cannot go about their jobs as they used to do, schooling, and working, are all disrupted. People are suffering from the kind of things they eat. Truly, my heart, our hearts go out to them, we want to be able to stand by them, it’s a difficult moment and that is why we are here. We indeed share in their pains.”
He advised the Volta River Authority (VRA) to measure the flow of water into the dam as well as the water that goes to spillways.
“I would expect the authorities should be able to measure the flow of water into the dam and in some cases predict the flow and what is happening upstream. They should be able to plan short, medium and long term. When was the last time we dredged the estuary? The conditions of the estuary should be known”.
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