Deputy Chief Executive (Services) Engages Awomefia and District Chief Executives on Dam Spilling Exercise

The Deputy Chief Executive (Services) of the Volta River Authority (VRA), Ing. Kenneth Arthur has reiterated the Authority’s commitment to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of impacted communities along the Lower Volta Basin as VRA continues to spill water from the Akosombo and Kpong Dams.

Ing. Arthur intimated the Authority’s commitment, when he paid courtesy calls on the Paramount Chief (Awomefia) of the Anlo Traditional Area, Togbe Sri (III) and District Chief Executives (DCEs) in eight (8) Municipal and District Assemblies, namely: North, South and Central Tongu, Ada East, Anlo, Shai Osudoku, Asuogyaman and Lower Manya.

Ing. Arthur noted that in addition to measures put in place to mitigate the impact of the controlled spilling on communities along the Lower Volta Basin, the Authority was also collaborating with the District Assemblies, NADMO, Traditional authorities and relevant stakeholders to monitor the situation. He was, thus, hopeful that the impact of the spillage on communities would be minimal.

The Coordinator of the VRA Emergency Preparedness Plan (EPP), Ing. Kwame O.M. Darkwah, in his remarks, mentioned that the Authority had in place an Emergency Preparedness Plan (EPP) where all relevant stakeholders are to handle the different emergency phases which might arise due to the spilling. He said the controlled spilling was well within manageable levels of the spilling plan and gave the assurance that the Authority was regularly monitoring the situation.

The Awomefia of the Anlo Traditional Area expressed gratitude to VRA for the visit and commended the team for their initiative to ascertain the possible impact on communities.

At each of the Municipal/District Assemblies visited, Ing. Arthur interacted with the Municipal/ District Chief Executives and NADMO officials to ascertain the impact of the controlled spilling on their communities. The MCE/DCEs and NADMO officials observed that the sensitization which was carried out on the potential impact of the spilling and subsequent preparedness of the communities has been effective.
















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