Residents of the North Tongu District in the Volta Region, who were severely affected by flooding as a result of the Akosombo Dam spillage, have been visited by independent presidential candidate Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen, who also consoled them.
In addition to being a show of sympathy, Mr. Kyerematen’s visit was also a fulfillment of a pledge he made when running for NPP flagbearer.
He had promised to fill the late President Jerry John Rawlings’ shoes and serve as a father figure for the local populace.
Mr. Kyerematen spoke to some of Mepe Traditional Area traditional leaders during his visit. In the North, South, and Central Tongu Districts of the Volta Region, more than 100 communities had been severely hit by the widespread floods, which he expressed profound concern over.
Many of the economically underprivileged families who lived in these affected communities had their homes flooded by water released from the Akosombo Dam.
Mr. Kyerematen also expressed worries about the National Disaster Management Organization’s (NADMO) lack of resources, which limited its ability to offer individuals affected by the disaster adequate support. He emphasized that the government should use this sad flooding disaster as a wake-up call to increase funding for NADMO and make investments in early warning systems.
Such upgrades, in his opinion, will strengthen NADMO’s capacity to carry out its duty of protecting people and property during disasters.
Mr. Kyerematen called on the government, businesses, and wealthy people to help the affected areas recover from this calamity during his visit and offered to deploy supplies for the flood victims.
Osborn Fenu, the District Chief Executive(DCE) of the North Tongu District, accompanied Mr. Kyerematen on his trip and took part in the contacts with the residents of the flooded districts. The tour not only provided comfort to the hurting locals, but it also raised awareness of the region’s urgent need for better disaster response and relief activities.