Sophia Ackuaku, a member of parliament (MP) representing Domeabra-Obom, stated that if she had been the CEO of the Volta River Authority (VRA), she would have quit from her position.
She said that the resignation would have been due to significant operational errors that affected several people’s lives.
The member for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) made these statements on Thursday’s Asempa FM Ekosii Sen program in response to the destruction caused by the Akosombo dam disaster, which affected nine districts.
“I would have resigned by now if I were the VRA CEO because if they are saying there was a sensitisation before the spillage, then how did they do it and how did we get here?” she quizzed.
Madam Ackuaku believed that in order to guarantee a larger reach, the sensitization process had to have been decentralized.
“In villages and smaller towns, there are information centers where announcements are made so why didn’t they use that? They could have moved to churches and engaged the people. We wouldn’t have been here because the people would have moved to safer places and packed their essential belongings which have all been lost now,” she stated.
She expressed her gratitude to the MPs in South, North, and Central Tongu—regions severely affected by the flooding—for their early assistance.
Communities and land downstream of the Akosombo and Kpong dams have been submerged since October 9, 2023.
This comes after the two dams’ second-stage spill, which produced almost one-third of Ghana’s energy.
Nearly every community along the lower Volta Basin has been impacted by the spill, and as a result, many of those villages have experienced significant power outages.
The MP for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has threatened to personally spearhead a class action lawsuit against VRA if they do not adequately pay the impacted parties.
About 28,000 displaced persons have already been recorded by the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), according to Mr. Ablakwa.
He continued by saying that his organization was compiling information on the worth of land, farms, and fish ponds that had been lost within the area.