General Secretary of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), Nana Yaa Jantuah has called for the immediate sacking of the Chief Executive Officer of Volta River Authority (VRA) over the Akosombo dam spillage which has displaced thousands of residents and properties.
During a panel discussion on Adekye Nsroma on UTV, Monitored by InsightNewsgh.com, Nana Yaa Jantuah said the CEO of VRA and the people responsible for the Akosombo dam spillage need to lose their jobs.
According to her, the people involved must be duly punished for their negligence for not having a proper plan to evacuate the residents to a safer place in time before the spilling the dam.
The CPP General Secretary argued that VRA should have engaged the
“VRA should be the first people to be held responsible because they are the engineers and heads including the Chief Executive. Somebody should be punished for being negligent. They should have foresaw the problem and contacted the Minister to liaise with the President to find another place for the affected communities before spilling the dam,” she said.
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Meanwhile, at least 26,000 people have been displaced along the lower Volta Basin as of the last count on Monday, October 16, 2023, as officials continue to take stock of the extent of havoc and devastation caused by the spillage of the town dams.
Relatedly, the Assemblies of God in Ghana have demanded a long-term solution to the problem of communities flooding whenever the nation’s dams overflow.
The Assemblies of God claimed that in order to accomplish this, practical engineering solutions must be sought, public education on disaster prevention must be intensified, and effective sanctions must be taken against those responsible for environmental degradation.
Even though the church supported calls for a state of emergency to be declared, it emphasized the need for those solutions. “if we decide, as a nation, to be serious in finding long-term answers to the flooding and other nagging environmental questions.”