Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen, an independent presidential candidate, has urged the government to adequately fund the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) in order for it to carry out its purpose.
He stated that the leakage of the Akosombo and Kpong dams, as well as the resulting floods in villages around the Volta Lake, served as a wake-up call for the government to fully staff NADMO and invest in early warning systems.
Mr. Kyerematen, who visited flood victims last Sunday, told a conference of Mepe Traditional Area traditional leaders that financing the organization will allow it to better deliver on its purpose of preserving lives and property during catastrophes.
It is part of NADMO’s responsibility to raise disaster awareness through intensive public education; to ensure disaster prevention, risk, and vulnerability reduction as a means of reducing the impact of disasters on society; to be able to provide first-line response in times of disaster; and to assist in post-emergency rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts.
NADMO will also assist and motivate community-based organizations to serve as credible voluntary organizations to aid in the prevention and management of disasters at the local level; and set up monitoring and early warning systems to aid in the identification of disasters in their early stages, the dissemination of timely information and warning, and the creation of hazard/disaster awareness, among other things.
Using the flood caused by the spillage as an example, Mr Kyerematen stated that NADMO was under-resourced and hence unable to carry out its responsibility of assisting flood victims.
He voiced worry about how the spilled water from the dam had flooded homes.
Mr Kyerematen offered to collect relief materials for the victims and asked the government, corporate entities, and wealthy individuals to assist the victims in their time of need.
On September 16, 2023, the Volta River Authority (VRA) began controlled leakage of the Akosombo and Kpong dams in the Eastern Region, following surplus water in both reservoirs due to significant rainfall.
Almost all of the settlements along the lower Volta Basin have been impacted by the spillage.