Ablakwa to institute legal action against VRA over flood


North Tongu Member of Parliament, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has said he is in talks with lawyers for a possible lawsuit against the Volta River Authority (VRA) for the flood that was caused by the spillage of the Akosombo Dam.

He accused the VRA of creating a “man-made” disaster as if they were embarking on a ‘mass murder’.

“We’re in talks with our lawyers,” he said on the Hot Issue on 3FM Friday, October 20.

He further said it was only a miracle that no life was lost in the flood and further acknowledged the work done by the youth of the affected communities in helping the rescue mission.

Meanwhile, the Minority in Parliament has demanded a thorough investigation into the flood that was caused by the spillage of the Akosombo Dam.

They are accusing the Vola River Authority (VRA) of causing the ‘man-made’ disaster. He further expressed disappointment at the way the VRA was going about its relief support to the people.

The Minority Leader Dr Cassiel Ato Forson told journalists after leading the leadership of the Minority to inspect the affected communities that have been affected on Friday, October 20 that “We have Saglemi sitting idle,  the government must ensure that they house the people of these 11 affected communities for this constituency properly. We are suggesting that as a matter of urgency, they can relate them temporarily to the Saglemi Housing project.”

The Ajuamko Enyan Essiam lawmaker added “we are disappointed in the Volta River Authority, we believe that their conduct has not been good enough, they have not engaged communities and we in the NDC particularly in Parliament, will investigate this matter.

“We urge the Energy Committee from our side to start the process of instituting a probe into this matter immediately. Aside from this,  we also believe that the VRA has not been proactive, after causing this man-made disaster their donations are coming in in trickles. A strong institution such as VRA  should have done better what they are doing, we urge them to also start.”
Earlier, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the VRA, Mr Emmanuel Antwi-Darkwa said that the lake was experiencing inflows more than expected hence the spillage was going to continue.

“We are on phase II [of the spillage] right now and it is a cycle. It is normal at this time of the year for us to experience inflows. The difference is that we are getting more than expected and to safeguard this dam means that we have to spill water, that is the standard operation for any hydro dam but the inflows that we are seeing now are in excess.

“Definitely, as the cycle goes through this will recede so we are hoping it will recede in the next time,” he told journalists on Thursday, October 12.

“The spilling may continue even though we are anticipating that the levels may drop down to phase 1, which was started on September 15 but of course, we did not have much excess as we are seeing now, this is an emergency as we have seen from the beginning.

“Whether dredging or no dredging it is an emergency. The volume of water that is coming into the lake right now which we have to throw out, it means that we need to evacuate people from wherever they are to ensure they are safe until the inflows recede,” he added.

The VRA was accused of neglecting its responsibilities in the Lower Volta Basin hence the huge impact of flood caused by spillage from the Akosombo and Kpong Dams on communities.

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