Vice President, Dr. Alhaji Mahamadu Bawumia on Sunday paid a visit to some victims of the floods that hit parts of Upper East Region.

The Vice President who led a sizable government delegation to the region regretted that the impact of the rains has resulted to loss of lives, properties and rendering many homeless.

“We are here today, to extend on behalf of His Excellency the President Nana Akufo-Addo and the government and people of Ghana, our deepest condolences to you the Manyoro Chief, the Nantognia Chief and all the families who are here represented, for the loss of lives and properties that, we have suffered as a result of this rainfall. Government is very very concerned about it”

Dr. Bawumia said this at Manyoro community in the Kassena-Nankana Municipality of the Upper East Region where he met with some of the floods victims.

According to him government is concern with the disaster and will soon support the affected persons with relief items aside some items donated in the course of the week.  

The Vice President on behalf of government donated a Ghc50,000 cash as initial contribution to support the affected persons.

“As a result, government is putting together initial relief items and these items include, rice, blankets, cooking oil, mosquito nets, soap, plastic buckets, basins, plates, poly mats, mattresses, mosquito coils, roofing sheets, maize and water purification tables. These are to deal with the immediate needs of the people. In addition, government has also provided Ghc50,000 to deal with the immediate needs of the families”  

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Dr. Bawumia presenting the cash donation to MCE for Kassena-Nankana, William Aduum

The Vice President also tasked Municipal and District Chief Executives in the region to support the floods victims to put up structures that can withstand floods when they occur.

“The way we build, sometimes doesn’t help when the rains come with this types of force. I have asked that, the MMDCEs look at how we can help whether it is with cement, so that they can be stronger to withstand the rains as they come. Ultimately, government wants to have permanent solution to flooding in our area and this is why we are very keen to construct the Pwalugu Dam. And by the grace of God, we will proceed with its construction soon”, he stated.

Chief of Manyoro, Pe Dr. Atudiwe Atudipaare Pwakweah Manchi III thanked government for the swift responds to the plight response of the floods victims.

“I have called on the people of Manyoro and its surrounding communities that a person who stood by you in times of difficulties, is the person you should remember when you are taking action in the quest of that person. The Vice president of our republic has demonstrated not just once that he is our brother, he has demonstrated that he has the nation at heart. I have been here all my life; I have never seen my father sat in any skin or stool to welcome a vice president to this town. It is the first time I am sitting here to welcome him”, the chief said.

Dr. Bawumia with his entourage at the Tono Irrigation Dam

The Vice president also visited the Tono irrigation Dam where the torrential rains have caused damaged to the spillway.

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Source: A1radioonline.com|Joshua Asaah

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