MP Draws Parliament Attention To The Plight Of Victims Of Weija Dam Spillage

The Member of Parliament for Weija/Gbawe, Rosemond Comfort Abra, yesterday brought the plight of the 500 households whose homes have been submerged as a result of the spillage of the Weija Dam to the attention of Parliament, yesterday.

Mrs. Abrah, in a statement on the perennial water flooding in her constituency, warned, the situation of the 400 families was life threatening and appealed for assistance for them

“I am appealing to the government to immediately raise tents at safer spots at Dansoman for the displaced residents of Wiaboman, and in the near future, consider resettling them elsewhere,” she pleaded.

About 500 households in the Ga South Municipality who live within the spillage enclave of the dam were, rendered homeless on Tuesday, when the spillway of the dam was opened by the Ghana Water Company Limited. The affected areas included Glefe, Opetekwei and Wiaboman.

Mrs. Abra said the constituency has been synonymously identified with flooding, and attributed the perennial phenomenon to the Weija Dam.

“During the rainy season when the Densu river overflows its banks, and the dam bursts, the management of the dam is compelled to open it to forestall its collapse and with it, the  devastating floods,” she complained.

The MP also attributed the flooding at Mallam Junction to the siting of the Total Filling Station and appealed to the government to either demolish it or consider constructing bigger culverts, to prevent the area from flooding.

The outgoing Deputy Minister of Information and Media Relations, Muhammed Ibrahim Murtala, was the only contributor to the statement.

In another development, the Speaker announced the nomination of Ebenezer Ato Sam as the Deputy Minister-designate of Communications, by President John Dramani Mahama

The announcement generated some controversy in the House over why the Presidency had submitted the name of only one person while many names were being speculated by the media.

Some Minority members raised concerns over the delay in communicating the names of the other nominees to the House, though  had been published by some of the media houses.

The Minister of Government Business in Parliament, Dr. Benjamin Kunbour, assured the House that he would communicate the concerns to the Presidency, because the House had the right to know when a minister had been nominated or relieved of his post.

By Yaw Kyei

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