The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has given notice that it would hold the government and the Volta River Authority (VRA) accountable for what it claims is inadequate management of the Akosombo Dam leak and the ensuing flooding that has occurred in sections of the Volta and surrounding areas.
Numerous towns have suffered greatly as a result of the Akosombo and Kpong dams leaking excess water.
Speaking to victims following his donation of relief supplies on John Mahama’s behalf, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, national chairman of the NDC, stated that the party will launch a series of activities to demand answers as soon as the floodwaters subside and the victims receive adequate assistance.
“I am not a scientist, I am not an engineer, but I have very serious questions to ask because the dam was not constructed yesterday and is flooding. When water is flowing into the lake, even if it is from Burkina Faso, it doesn’t flow to the Volta region within 24 hours, and so if we are doing our work well as scientists, we should know that when there is heavy rainfall and water is entering the rivers that feed that dam, we should know that within one or two months the effect could be calculated and preventive action should be taken.
“This is not the first time the dam has been opened for water to spill. We must ask: how come in all the previous years that we have had spills of water, the effects have not been this devastating? There are questions that we should ask. Let us chase away the cat at the appropriate time; we will have to tame the mouse. We will have to find answers to serious questions,” he stressed.
He continued by saying that steps should be made to guarantee that similar incidents do not reoccur in the country.
Additionally, Mr. Nketia says that if the government lacks the resources to handle the situation, it should “swallow its pride and call on the international community for emergency support,” given that it has been reluctant to declare a state of emergency despite repeated requests from the public.
This, he says, is because “we have, as a nation, found reason to go and donate to other countries that have found themselves in crises like this.”
He said he is happy that the situation has not led to any deaths.