Ghanaian Chronicle

Owabi residents face flood displacement

Date published: October 29, 2012

Residents of Owabi in the Atwima Nwabiagya District of the Ashanti Region face a possible displacement by flooding from the confluence of the Owabi and Anomakosa rivers.

The two rivers, which meet in the Nwabi township, flood the whole area at the least rain, rendering the residents homeless.

The Odikro of Owabi, Nana Ohemeng Boakye II, complained that the Owabi River overflows its banks whenever it rains, destroying people’s houses and other valuables, yet both past and present governments have not done anything concrete to ameliorate the situation.

According to him, even though it was learnt that former President Kufuor directed the Atwima Nwabiagya District Assembly to supply of 500 bags of cement, 170 packets of roofing sheets and roofing nails to the community help arrest the situation at Owabi, the said items did not get to them.

As a result, some of the buildings in the Owabi township are now in a deplorable state, following flooding which has washed away some of the structures.

The Odikro also complained that the situation had affected farming activities, as their lands are always submerged, making it difficult to farm, resulting in thousands of people fleeing to neighboring towns to farm.

He said lack of fertile land had compelled the people to sojourn to nearby communities to farm on a land tenure basis.

Nana Boakye has, therefore, appealed to the government to come to their aid and bail them out of their predicament.

An old woman told the Ashanti File that any time it rained the residents have to keep vigil till it stops, for fear of being carried away by flood waters.

The Owabi dam, property of the Government of Ghana, was established in 1938 by the British colonial power to supply water to the people of Kumasi and its environs, as a result of which the residents were relocated to give to way for the project, which took over most of their lands.

According to the Odikro, apart from crop compensation, the then government did not pay any compensation to the indigene settlers.

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