Regarding the Akosombo dam leak, Sanitation Minister Freda Prempeh made remarks that have been denounced by the Mepe Development Association (MDA).
In addressing the flood crisis, the Minister placed the burden for the victims’ plight squarely on them.
She said that in spite of many warnings from the Volta River Authority (VRA) and other state institutions, the victims would not move.
The organization responded to the widely denounced remark by accusing Madam Prempeh of spreading false information and propaganda against the victims of the catastrophe that the state instigated.
MDA contended that, contrary to the Minister’s assertions, the Mepe Traditional Council, the Mepe Development Association, opinion leaders, and all stakeholders were not included in any simulation or post-simulation exercises.
“How such an important exercise could escape the eyes and ears of these key stakeholders in the community leaves one to wonder whether the monies expended on the simulation should not be refunded to the state coffers,” the MDA stated.
They argue that the Minister’s assertion that Mepe people should have fled is incorrect because neither the VRA nor any other state body had offered any temporary shelter facilities for displaced persons before or after the flood catastrophe.
“It was the leadership of the MDA, in consultation with the chiefs, that took the initiative to create seven makeshift safe havens for the affected flood victims in the following locations: Mepe R.C. Primary, R.C. JHS, Mepe Presby Primary, Presby JHS, D.A JHS, Holy Christ, and St. Kizito Secondary Technical School.
“Out of these seven safe havens, only St. Kizito, which currently houses 1,320 displaced persons, received six mobile toilets just this past Friday, provided by the VRA after persistent appeals,” MDA explained.
Therefore, instead of spearheading a campaign of false information and deception regarding the flood calamity, they have called on the minister to appear and offer help to the impacted people.
Additionally, MDA has demanded that the minister promptly and unconditionally apologize to the chiefs and people of Mepe for her regrettable remarks.
It also exhorted all official appointees and communicators to abstain from ignorant and misinformed remarks that hold flood victims responsible for the catastrophe.
Meanwhile, Madam Prempeh, reacting to the backlash her comment has attracted, has said she was misunderstood.