Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, the Member of Parliament (MP) for the North Tongu Constituency, has voiced his disapproval of the government’s disregard for the flood victims.
He bemoaned the paucity of accommodations offered by the government for his people who have been negatively impacted by the Akosombo Dam Spill, considering that the majority of them are housed in schools.
The MP for North Tongu questioned why, despite being forced to relocate owing to the Akosombo Dam leak, no attempts have been made to provide compensation to the flood victims.
On Wednesday, November 8, 2022, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa spoke on the parliament floor and highlighted his concern about the government’s lack of commitment to announcing a resettlement scheme for the affected citizens.
He said these things in response to an address by Energy Minister Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, who provided updates on the flood situation from both the Volta River Authority and his ministry.
“Mr. Speaker, I am also totally appalled that, in this entire statement, there has been no mention of resettlements. How long are my people going to live in school? Look at the inhumanity and indignity that people are suffering and going through. 85-year-olds, 95-year-olds, we all have mothers and grandmothers.’’
“Those of us here, will we accept to live in a classroom even for two hours or for three hours? Why is it taking the government so long to announce a resettlement policy for those affected, whose houses have been destroyed, to be resettled? There has been no mention of compensation,’’ he said angrily.