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President Akufo-Addo’s Pledge to Flood Victims

by Victor Adetimilehin

In a stirring response to the harrowing floods in the lower Volta basin, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has resolutely affirmed the government’s unwavering commitment to providing essential relief to those affected. During a poignant tour of the afflicted areas, the President not only expressed his deep sympathy for the flood victims but also assured them that political affiliations would play no role in the equitable distribution of much-needed assistance.

With unwavering resolve, President Akufo-Addo emphasized, “When these things happen and the government acts, politics does not come into play at all.” He underscored his unequivocal responsibility as the President to safeguard every citizen’s well-being, irrespective of their voting choices.

Despite the unfortunate timing of the tragedy during his visit to the United States, President Akufo-Addo promptly engaged with the Chief of Staff to initiate a coordinated response. The immediate priority was the preservation of lives, leading to the swift establishment of a dedicated relief center in Mepe, coupled with the provision of essential relief items by the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO).

NADMO’s tireless relief efforts will continue unabated, with carefully crafted plans to support affected farmers once the floodwaters recede. President Akufo-Addo also revealed that the Ministry of Agriculture is diligently assessing the long-term assistance required to aid farmers whose crops have been tragically destroyed.

The President’s tour extended to districts severely impacted by the floods, which were caused by the unfortunate spillage of the Akosombo Dam. His return from an official visit to the United States was marked by his joint efforts with members of the Inter-Ministerial Committee, assigned the crucial task of addressing the downstream ramifications of the Akosombo Dam spill and extending essential relief to those affected.

This on-ground tour afforded President Akufo-Addo and the committee the opportunity to witness firsthand the extent of the destruction and its profound impact on local communities. Heading the committee is the indefatigable Chief of Staff, Akosua Frema Osei-Opare, who is steadfastly coordinating the government’s compassionate response to the disaster.

President Akufo-Addo’s actions and words resonate as a beacon of hope and solidarity for the flood victims, underscoring the government’s unyielding commitment to swift, effective, and equitable aid. His visit and the government’s robust response serve as a comforting reminder that in these challenging times, the people of Ghana are not alone.

In the midst of these trying circumstances, the resilience of the affected communities shines through. Their unity and determination to rebuild their lives stand as a testament to the indomitable spirit of the Ghanaian people. It’s a reminder that even in the face of adversity, hope and solidarity can overcome the most daunting challenges.

As the nation comes together to support the flood victims, it’s a reflection of the Ghanaian spirit, where compassion and unity are the cornerstones of recovery. The President’s pledge to leave no one behind is not just a promise; it’s a commitment to stand together as a nation, ensuring that brighter days are ahead.

Source: [Daily Graphic]

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