Tongo (UE) Sept. 25, GNA – Vice President
Mahamudu Bawumia, has visited the Upper East to mourn with some disaster
victims who lost their families in the recent floods that hit the Region.
The Vice President sympathized with the
bereaved families and said government was concerned about their welfare and
indicated that efforts were being made by the state to address the issues to
avoid its occurrence in future.
Dr Bawumia presented relief items to some of
the victims at Kolgo in the Kasena-Nankana Municipality where about 919 people
were affected and displaced by the torrential rains.
The Vice President who was accompanied by Mr
Dominic Ntiwul, Defence Minister, Mr Ambrose Dery, Interior Minister, Mr Joseph
Kofi Adda, Minister for Aviation, Mr Nana Agyemang Prempeh, Director General of
the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) and some heads of the
security agencies later addressed Chiefs and People of the Talensi Traditional
area at Tongo in the Talensi District and presented
GHC5,000.00 each to two bereaved families in
the Tongo area.
Dr Bawumia said the effects of the floods and
rains was unbearable and indicated that government had gone into dialogue with
stakeholders including the Burkina Faso authorities where the Bagre dam is
located to find ways in tackling the problem for good.
Vice President Bawumia said it was
government’s plan to construct a dam at Pwalugu the Talensi District to collect
water from the White Volta for agricultural purposes and to generate
hydroelectric power, and that the plan was to turn the Pwalugu area into an
agricultural hub because the people had shown interest and they were prepared
to go into dry season farming. He therefore urged them to support government to
achieve these intentions.
The Tongo Rana, Kubilsong Nalebegtang
Paramount Chief of the Tongo Traditional Area, noted that the recent rains and
floods brought pain to the people as 2,952 farmers lost their farms including
The Tongo Rana who is also a Member of the
Council of State, lamented on the devastating nature of the floods, which led
to the lost of two lives in the area and appealed to government to take up the
Pwalugu project with enthusiasm and put in pragmatic measures to find lasting
solutions to the annual floods disasters in the region.