The Akosombo Dam disaster has forced over 27,000 people to flee their homes, and the National Youth Authority (NYA) has urged churches to help by donating their second offering to the organization.
Pius Hadzide, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NYA, also encouraged mosques nationwide to provide support.
“I’m also pleading with all churches in Ghana to also donate their second offerings this Sunday to the NYA to help support our beloved brethren who are suffering. To the various Mosques, I know they barely take offering but I plead with them to make some contribution on Friday when they go to worship to support those hit by the flood” he said in an interview with Abena Opokua Ahwenee on Adom TV Political show, The Big Agenda.
To assist those impacted by spills, the NYA is mobilizing relief supplies in partnership with a few stakeholders.
This came about as a result of the Volta River Authority (VRA) starting to release extra water from the Akosombo and Kpong Dams on September 15, 2023, in an effort to prevent their collapse.
This was brought on by the Northern and Volta catchment’s strong rainfall, which caused the water level at the dams to increase quickly.
Residents in the Volta region have been forced to relocate as a result of floods caused by the spill.
The NYA CEO stated that in addition to the government’s assistance through the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), the organization is also making its share of contributions.
According to Mr. Hadzide, the youngsters in the region who are most impacted are the center of attention.
“The government led by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is doing well by proving the necessary needs for the affected but we at NYA also has responsibility in ensuing better life and safety of the youth of this country so we are mobilising to get something to support them. If you look at those who have been affected, the youth are more and as Authority responsible for the youth we have to take step and help them” he said.
In order to promote their endeavor, the NYA CEO also disclosed that he held a meeting with the Chinese Ambassador in Ghana.