Dr. Cassiel Ato Baah Forson, the Minority Leader in Parliament, has pleaded with President Akufo-Addo to express regret to the flood victims of the Akosombo Dam spill and to accept that he was mistaken to advise them not to vote for his party, the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
He believed that the President’s remarks made during his Monday visit to the flooded areas were offensive, which is why President Akufo-Addo felt compelled to extend his apology to the flood victims.
When the Minority visited some of the victims of the dam leak on Friday to provide some relief supplies, Dr. Ato Forson made the demand.
Many settlements in the districts of South Tongu, Central Tongu, and North Tongu have been severely affected by floods as a result of the Akosombo and Kpong dams spilling by the Volta River Authority (VRA).
President Akufo-Addo expressed sympathy for the victims on Monday, October 16, 2023, following the impact of the dam’s flood waters. He stated that the government’s immediate response was to provide relief supplies, and that the Ministry of Food and Agriculture would consider a long-term plan on how to help farmers whose farms had been destroyed by the floods.
During his speech, the President said that he had taken the oath of office on behalf of the whole nation and that he had traveled to the region to offer any support required for them to live happily and safely as Ghanaians.
Even if they did not support him when he ran for president, President Akufo-Addo stated he could not abandon the people in their hour of need.
“When these things happen and government acts, politics does not come in at all. I took the oath of office as president to protect every citizen of Ghana, whether they voted for me or not, once I have taken the oath, I am the President.
“So Togbe, I want you and your elders and the people to understand that the government is acting for all Ghanaians,” he said.
“I came here because Ghanaians are having difficulties and suffering and it is my responsibility to try and help, because if it is a question of who votes for me and who does not vote for me, I should not be here because you don’t vote for me, that is not my concern,” the President added.
According to Dr. Ato Forson, the Minority will look into the action taken by the Volta River Authority (VRA), which has caused several areas in the Eastern and Volta regions to flood.