The Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has expressed his dissatisfaction with what he believes is government’s reluctance to provide relief support to people affected by the Akosombo Dam spillage.

Ablakwa said government has neglected the affected persons most of whom are constituents of North Tongu.

The controlled spillage of the Akosombo and Kpong Dams on September 15 flooded communities in over four regions across the country, bringing untold suffering to the affected people.

Speaking on Eyewitness News on Citi FM, the North Tongu legislator was angry with the Minister of Energy, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, for failing to provide measures being taken by the government to lessen the plight of the affected people when he appeared before Parliament on Wednesday.

He was dissatisfied with the Minister’s defense of the Volta River Authority (VRA) for the spillage of the dam, which he told Parliament was necessary to protect the structural integrity of the dam and the people living downstream.

Ablakwa also denied taking relief items on behalf of his constituents from the VRA.

“There is this false claim that VRA is sharing relief items and MPs have received relief items. You will have constituents chasing you that, Mr. MP, we heard the Energy Minister in Parliament reveal that you guys have received the items, and you have not given them to us, you have not been transparent with us.”

He further bemoaned the government’s lack of interest in supporting the affected people despite a national rally of support coming from corporate organizations and individuals.


Meanwhile, over 3,880 residents at Krachi East, Krachi West, Krachi Nchumuru, Nkwanta South, and Biakoye districts in the Oti region were affected by the recent spillage of Akosombo and Bagre dams have received relief items worth millions of Ghana Cedis from World Vision Ghana.

Over 3,880 have been displaced following the recent Akosombo spillage that overflows the Oti river banks, leveling houses and washing away acres of farmlands and other properties.

The Kete-Krachi cluster of World Vision Ghana (WIG) donated the relief items to the Oti Regional National Disaster Management (NADMO), for onward distribution to three affected districts and Municipalities whose persons have been affected and displaced by the recent spillage of Akosombo and Bagre dams.

A visit by a Reporter of GBCGHANAONLE to some of the affected communities shows that most residents are still dealing with the devastation of the floods.

Presenting the items to the affected districts and municipalities, the manager for the Kete Krachi cluster of WIG, Mr. Ivan Aboagye, said his outfit heard the plight of the people, and as the humanitarian organisation moved to donate relief items to the affected residents and communities.

The items donated included; water purifies, 200 mattresses, 1,500 books, water sieving nets, buckets, water containers, sanitary pads, toothpaste, and other sanitary products.

Speaking in an interview with journalists, Mr. Aboagye disclosed that, World Vision Ghana has launched an emergency response unit to support persons displaced by the recent floods.

He used the opportunity to appeal to the government to focus attention on victims in Oti Region which is hardest hit.

Receiving the relief items on behalf of the beneficiaries, the Oti Regional NADMO Director, Mr. Edward Kwaku Kumah, expressed gratitude to World Vision Ghana for coming to their aid.

Mr. Kumah called on other organisations to emulate WIG’s gesture and come to their aid.

Meanwhile, some of the displaced residents at Worutor in the Krachi West municipality said their houses and farms have been destroyed rendering them homeless.

They appealed to the government and individuals for more support.