Battor chief calms victims of Akosombo dam spillage
Togbega Dzekley VII presenting the items to one of the community leaders
The Paramount Chief of the Battor Traditional Area (BTA), Togbega Patamia Dzekley VII, over the weekend visited some communities in the area affected by the Akosombo Dam spillage.
He presented relief items such as rice, sugar, cooking oil, corn flour, sachets of water, mattresses, and used clothes among others to the chiefs the affected communities to be distributed to the victims.
The areas he visited were Morklikpo, Adidokpoe, Vome and Kledeke where he interacted and sympathised with the victims, and got first-hand information of the plight of the people and also ascertained the extent of devastation.
Togbega Patamia Dzekley VII, who is also the Vice President of the Volta Regional House of Chiefs, assured the people of his unflinching support and promised to inform the appropriate and relevant authorities of the plight of communities at the bank of the river.
He said the Volta Regional House of Chiefs had also launched an appeal for relief items and cash to support the affected communities.
He promised to liaise with the North Tongu District Assembly, the Member of Parliament (MP), Mr Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, the Volta River Authority (VRA) and other benevolent organisations to support all the affected communities with the provision of basic amenities to alleviate their plight.
The Assembly Member for Morklikpo-Horme, Mr Bob Gbetey, said the people faced challenges like lack of potable water and deplorable sanitary conditions even at Safe Haven provided.
Togbe Amedor speaking on behalf of Togbe Anyongbor, the Chief of Adidokpoe, said the spillage had flooded people’s houses and farms which were their main source of income.
He appealed to the government and the VRA to come out with an elaborate plan to rebuild their communities after the waters have receded.
Togbe Amedor said that much attention had been given to Mepe to the detriment of other communities especially those at the bank of the river.
A total of 22 communities in the traditional area namely Patamiakope, Ngorlekpoe, Kpongkope, Vome, Atsienkpoe, Badzi, Adidokpoe, Morkplikpo, Kelorkpo, Kpekpo and Sikor were affected
Other affected communities were Memordzi, Dzimakope, Atratidzi, Kodome, Klebetikope, Dortokope Gbagbawuinu, Aborkope, Adzesikope, Torgodo and Nyatikpo.
Present during the visit were Togbe Akporsor, Togbe Gbavu, Mama Gloefe, Togbe klebeti, Togbe Tsawoe Akoto II, Dumega E.K. Voegborlo and Rev Billy Gbetey of St. Stephen’s Parish Darkuman- Accra.
By Jemima Esinam Kuatsinu