According to Joseph Oddei, a fellow of the Civil Engineering Division of the Ghana Institution of Engineers, engineers cannot be responsible for the floods caused by the Akosombo dam leak.
Mr. Oddei told Adom FM Burning Issues presenter Akua Boakyewaa Yiadom that the damage of the floods could have been lessened if inhabitants had not encroached on property near the dam.
“People proceed to build houses without complying with the due process of their District Assembly. Most of the houses around the dam don’t have permits; if they had gone through the necessary process before buying their lands, I’m sure they would have known that it is not safe to live there,” he said.
Some Ghanaians have criticized the Volta River Authority (VRA) for failing to be proactive in its operations, namely the leakage of surplus water from the Akosombo dam, which has resulted in the destruction of property and livelihoods.
Mr. Oddei, on the other hand, claims that his colleagues have been putting their lives in danger in order to operate as required.
“At times we talk anyhow in this country; they should go there and see how my colleagues are working over there. Let’s escort you to the dam and where the turbines are; you will not go there again. Why are people pointing fingers at engineers? What have we done?” he fumed.
Mr. Oddei advised Ghanaians to be cautious in their comments about the disaster and to refrain from blaming engineers.