Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Member of Parliament for the North Tongu seat, has released about GH¢150,000 to the Ghana Education Service in the district to cover six months’ rent advance for 167 teachers affected by the Akosombo Dam disaster.
Speaking with Citi News, the MP underlined the need of encouraging impacted teachers to return in order to ensure the district’s continued teaching and learning.
“My office has paid rent for 167 teachers who were displaced by the floods in order for them to return to teach our children. These are some of the innovations we’re embarking on to ensure our people are not left behind,” he said.
Although school has resumed, not all pupils in the North Tongu area are now enrolled.
However, the MP stated that his office has provided school bags, boots, and other necessities to aid schooling in the region.
“We’ve granted full scholarships to 50 student victims across various tertiary institutions,” he stated.
Regarding St. Kizito SHS, which accommodated the largest number of displaced victims, the MP reported that “teaching and learning have commenced, and painting and renovation works will be completed next week.”
The MP urged charitable groups to help impacted people, emphasizing the continuous effect of the floods and the crucial need for assistance.
“The flood is no longer in the community. Yes, the water has receded, but the people are still homeless,” he lamented.
The Volta River Authority opened the spill gates at the Akosombo and Kpong dams in October 2023 to protect their integrity and preserve electricity delivery, causing flooding in eight districts and displacing around 12,000 persons in North Tongu, which became the epicenter.
Victims with uninhabitable dwellings are still living in tents owing to a lack of housing.
The MP’s plan to create a shelter in Mepe for 300 widows, the elderly, and single moms is around 78% complete and is set to be handed over in February 2024.
This facility, the second resettlement center in the constituency, consists of 50 rooms, washrooms, and an entertainment room exclusively for vulnerable women.