Salaga DCE relieves flood victims

Some houses still surrounded by water at Makango (left), The DCE, Alhassan Mumuni, presenting the Items (middle),

The District Chief Executive (DCE) for the East Gonja District (Salaga), Alhassan Mumuni, has presented relief items worth millions of cedis to communities along the Volta Lake that were severely hit by the recent flood disaster in the district.

Over 25 communities, several schools, farmlands, roads and bridges were affected by the floods, with over 15,000 people displaced.

Some of the affected communities include Makango, Sodja-Akura, Kinkili, Obiaraba Nye, Getepo, Abelekupe and Awuja-Kope among others.

The relief items, from the World Food Programme (WFP), Volta River Authority (VRA) and National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) headquarters in Accra, were received by the DCE.

They include plastic buckets, plastic bowls, secondhand clothing, bags of rice, maize, sugar, cooking oil, blankets, mats and detergents among others.

Making the presentation at a mimi-durbar in Makango, one of the worst hit communities in the district, Alhassan Mumuni, expressed his heartfelt sympathy and that of the government to the people, and appealed to them to move to higher grounds in order to avoid the recurrence of the preventable disaster.

The severe flood disasters experienced in most parts of the Northern Region of Ghana this year 2010, were as a result of water spillage from the Bagre Dam in the neighbouring Burkina Faso.

Several thousands of farmlands, human lives, animals, specifically livestock, homes and other valuable properties were destroyed by the floods, leaving the overwhelmed victims in hopeless situations.

However, the DCE lamented over the fact that the affected victims, most of whom are farmers, would find it extremely difficult to recover their lost investment and produce, and therefore feared possible food insecurity in the district.

The DCE explained further, that apart from the havoc caused by the floods, the majority of the farmers could not also get combine harvesters and tractors to harvest most of their produce.

Mumuni said even though the government and the East Gonja District Assembly had made frantic efforts to assist the farmers with the needed farm inputs, and offered them tractor services, the nature of the roads in the area, was hindering the good efforts.
Meanwhile, the East Gonja District is noted for its high tourism attractions and production of rice, maize, yam, groundnut, millet and soya bean among others. But the district is still grappling with the issue of poor roads, which makes it difficult for farmers and traders to carry out their economic activities.

On the other hand, the DCE commended the donors for providing the relief items to complement the good efforts of government in alleviating the plight of the victims.

Accompanied by his Coordinating Director, Mahama Mumuni, and the District NADMO Coordinator, Umar Alhassan, the DCE promised them good development interventions in the coming 2011.
The Chief of Makango, Kilibuwura Ewuntomah I, who received the items, commended the government and the DCE in particular, for showing care and support for the flood victims, especially, during the last three months.
He said the flood had brought untold hardships on the people, as most of them had lost their farms, houses and other properties.
The Chief also outlined other problems facing the communities, especially, their road networks, water and electricity, and also called on the government to repair the over-aged pontoon on the Volta Lake, which has lost one of its engines for years now.
The Assembly Member for the Makango Electoral area, Issah Ibrahim, told The Northern File that life would be meaningless for the people, and all economic activities in the area would come to a halt, if the pontoon completely breaks down.
He therefore, appealed to government to repair the old one, and also purchase a new in addition, to boost economic activities.

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