Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has personally donated GH160,000 to help those affected by the catastrophic water spill from the Akosombo Dam.
On Wednesday, October 17, Dr. Bawumia paid a visit to a few of the Volta Region’s affected communities in an effort to help the victims.
It was stated that Dr. Bawumia’s private donation was made to supplement the assistance the government has already provided to the victims who have been forced to relocate.
The Vice President offered his condolences and reassured the victims that the government was committed to both emergency relief and helping the affected people get back to their normal lives.
“When I look into the eyes of our mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers who are seated here, I see so much sadness. Their lives have been turned upside down as a result of what has happened,”Dr. Bawumia said.
“These are people who were going about their normal duties everyday to take care of themselves, but now they have to really depend on others for livelihood and I am saddened by that.
“I want to assure that government will do everything possible to assist the affected people to provide relief and also restore the livelihood of those affected.
“We are not only looking at temporary relief, we are also looking at a more sustained support through the Inter Ministerial Committee, so that those affected can restore their livelihoods.”
So far, the government has responded to the disaster by evacuating affected individuals to 20 holding centers and providing emergency relief supplies through the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) and the Inter-Ministerial Committee established on the instructions of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to manage the disaster.
New Bakpa in the Central Tongu District, Sogakope and Sokpoe in the South Tongu District, and other communities were visited by the Vice President.
The spillage has submerged several communities in eight districts, mostly in the Volta Region as well as the Eastern and Greater Accra regions, and thousands of people have been forced to flee.