In the aftermath of recent devastating floods triggered by the Akosombo Dam spillage, Togbe Borbordzi VII, the Manklalo of the Battor Traditional Area, has raised concerns over the delayed response to the crisis. He has hinted that he and his fellow displaced residents may have no choice but to seek refuge at the Saglemi Affordable Housing unit unless the government takes urgent action to resettle them.
The flood victims have been enduring dire conditions in evacuation camps, with local schools and businesses shuttered. While floodwaters have been receding in various areas, mounting concerns focus on the housing situation for the affected residents currently sheltered in emergency facilities.
Togbe Borbordzi VII voiced his frustrations during a visit by the Tobinco Group of Companies to Agbetikpo, where the flood victims are being accommodated. The Tobinco Group presented the affected residents with a range of relief items, including pharmaceutical products and food supplies.
He emphasized, “Your coming is going to change a lot of things because a lot of people have been affected. You should extend this message to the Presidency and the entire nation that we are suffering. We can’t rebuild our homes; many things are prohibitively expensive in this nation.”
“We need government’s assistance to ensure our relocation to a new permanent site. We cannot endure this state of dependency any longer. If the government doesn’t take immediate action, we may have no option but to move and settle at the Saglemi Affordable Housing until they provide us with a suitable place,” Togbe Borbordzi VII added.
Agbetikpo is one of the communities currently hosting over 1,000 flood victims who are grappling with the aftermath of the disaster.
Nana Samuel Tobin, the Executive Chairman of the Tobinco Group of Companies, joined the call for government intervention and urged the authorities to find a lasting solution to the plight of the displaced residents.
The Member of Parliament for the area, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, expressed gratitude for the support provided by the Tobinco Group and the entire Ghanaian public. He highlighted, “We have received tremendous goodwill from fellow Ghanaians, and I want to stress that it is reassuring and instills hope in our people, knowing that Ghanaians stand with them in their time of need.”
Meanwhile, Osborn Fenu, the District Chief Executive for North Tongu, appealed to the affected individuals not to return to their homes as the water recedes. Fenu is concerned about the structural integrity of the submerged buildings and insists on a technical assessment to determine the safety of residents before they can move back in.