The remarks made by Freda Prempreh, the Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, about the victims of the floods brought on by the Akosombo Dam spill have prompted an angry response from well-known Ghanaian rapper Edem Hotor.
Despite the authorities’ simulated drills, the victims did not wish to escape, the minister said during a press conference in Accra on October 22. She went on to say that the government had to pay a large sum of money for water purification and relics, and that after that, they should be proactive and pay attention to warnings.
In an interview with Berlinda Addardey, also known as Berla Mundi, on TV3, the rapper made it clear that he took the remarks seriously, calling them “total nonsense” and saying that the government appointee made the incorrect statements at the wrong place and time.
Edem added that the villagers’ resistance to leaving even with the advance warning may have resulted from a lack of precise information about the evacuation facilities. “Where are you sending them, even after warning them? Individuals have established residences there, where their spirits and souls reside. Therefore, you should let us know if you want them to move.” Oh, they disregarded our instructions to go to town A or town B,” he remarked.
“And then I also heard that they weren’t notified on the day the dam was opened. So what about the day of opening, even if you get them beforehand? It’s incredibly upsetting, in my opinion. Furthermore, no effective leader should ever project the same kinds of statements that she did. Edem said.
Source: 1Family Radio