According to Agriculture Minister Bryan Acheampong, the Volta Region farmers who lost their farmland due to the Akosombo Dam spill will receive $40 million from the World Bank’s support funding.
According to him, the World Bank money will assist the farmers in recovering from the effects of the spillage, which was required to preserve the dam.
At the beginning of the Youth In Agric initiative, a job module under the Youth Employment Agency, he made this declaration.
He offered the affected farmers his condolences and assured them of government support.
“Many farmers have suffered a great loss as a result of the action taken by the VRA to preserve the Akosombo Dam.”
“We have seen the devastation caused by the spillage along the Volta and eastern regions. I have instructed that $40 million from the Food Systems Resilience Programme, funded by the World Bank, be reallocated to assist the farmers whose farms have been destroyed by the spillage.”
“This is an emergency situation and we will take care of our farmers,” he said.
Meanwhile, 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.”
Speaking to the media yesterday at the church’s headquarters in Accra, Rev. Dr. Stephen Wengam, the general superintendent of the church, further demanded that the current measures being taken to control the depressing situation receive the necessary legislative and humanitarian weight.