The South Dayi Member of Parliament, Rockson Dafeamekpor, warns the government that a food crisis is likely to develop after the flooding brought on by the Akosombo Dam spill, particularly in the lower Volta communities.
The MP based this on the fact that a significant portion of the country’s agricultural land, spanning thousands of acres, has been completely immersed in water due to the Volta Dam’s spillage. These fields were crucial to the nation’s food supply.
From September to October 2023, the spillage created a rise in the water levels that completely destroyed all of the downstream settlements and swamped the upstream communities, claiming numerous marketplaces and other types of investments along the riverbanks.
The true impact of the food crisis will become apparent in January. “There are no more thousands of corn or other crops that were supposed to be harvested,” bemoaned Rockson. He said that even though extremely kind people had donated, the loss occurred during a time when farmers were anticipating a massive bumper crop and will undoubtedly have an impact on the victims’ Christmas celebrations.
The Member of Parliament stated, “The Finance Minister ought to make a vote of money to manage the crisis. The government’s utter lack of effort—no cabinet meeting, no use of the contingency budget to support the VRA—is a regrettable remark. The MP went on, “The crisis has taken on national proportions; it’s a national emergency, and the finance minister ought to be able to commit to some measures even prior to the budget.”
Over 300 homes are still underwater, and an estimated 5,000 people from 12 towns in South Dayi appear to have been forced to relocate.
Source: 1Family Radio