Minority calls for parliamentary inquiry into Akosombo Dam Spillage

Minority calls for parliamentary inquiry into Akosombo Dam Spillage

The minority is urging a parliamentary investigation into the aftermath of the Akosombo Dam Spillage, which has resulted in numerous Ghanaians becoming homeless and displaced.

They argue that the conditions in Mepe township and its surroundings warrant a level of parliamentary attention akin to what was given to support the victims of the Appiatse explosion in 2022.

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“We are calling for a full parliamentary inquiry to deal with all the gaps that have been raised” regarding interventions for victims of Akosombo dam spillage.

From last week, October 9, 2023, tracts of land and communities downstream the Akosombo and Kpong dams have been flooded.

This follows the second-stage spillage of the two dams used to generate about a third of Ghana’s electricity supply.

The Volta River Authority (VRA) started the controlled spillage at the Akosombo and Kpong dams, both in the Eastern Region, from September 15, 2023 following excess water in both reservoirs due to appreciable levels of rainfall.

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The spillage has affected almost all the communities along the lower Volta Basin, resulting in widespread power cuts in the affected communities. 

The GRIDCo sub-station in Fievie, Sogakope, in the Volta Region, has been inundated with floods, leading to the shutting down of the station.

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