Member of Parliament (MP) for the North Tongu constituency in the Volta Region, Mr. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has served notice that he will file a motion in Parliament in the coming weeks for the house to conduct a full-scale investigation into the causes of the flood in parts of the Volta Region.
According to him, the investigation would be live on television and would unearth the circumstances surrounding the spillage of the Akosombo Dam and its accompanying flood disaster.
The North Tongu lawmaker served the notice when reacting to the comment made by the Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Dr. Freda Prempeh, to the effect that the people of Mepe and other areas affected by the spillage refused to be evacuated, describing the minister’s claim as a blatant lie and an insult to the people.
Mr Ablakwa has, therefore, dared the Minister to point to areas that were earmarked for the people to be evacuated to that they refused to go.
“These Akufo Addo ministers should stop adding insult to injuries, we are pained, depressed, and divested, and they should stop these things.
We have had enough of their blatant lies, she should tell us when and the date. When did they come here? She herself, has she come here before? The people should move to where?
She should show us where it was constructed for my people to move to that they refused to go. Was it the Military, NADMO, or who?” He told the media.
Regarding the planned investigation, he said “We are filing a motion for a full-scale probe, it will be live on television, and we will know exactly what happened. All these blatant lies will be exposed. The officials who caused this will made to face the law and we will demand full compensation.” MP for North Tongu warned.
The Sanitation Minister, while making the comments said “We don’t want what has happened in Akosombo to happen to us in Accra. The Akosombo spillage, even though VRA, NADMO, and the Water Resouces Commission came together to educate the people in the community, did a simulation exercise at Mepe, yet they refused to leave, they didn’t want to be evacuated, they stayed there till the end when we started spilling.
Unfortunately, look at what is happening, the government has to spend millions of money on relief items, the whole area the water is contaminated, and Ghana Water Company and Water Resources Commission will have to spend millions of money to treat the water before we can thrust into our pipes. So a stitch in time saves nine, “she said during the accounting to our customer/Media press bringing in Accra on Monday, October 23, 2023.