The Director of Conflict Resolution of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Abraham Amaliba, has heavily criticized the government’s relief response to the devastation caused by the spillage of the Akosombo Dam.
Amaliba says that the insensitivity of the New Patriotic Party government led by President Akufo-Addo towards the people of the Volta Region is evident in its handling of the flooding, which has affected four different regions.
He described the response as “shambolic, shameful, and disrespectful.”
“The government’s response to the spillage of the Akosombo Dam is, to me, shambolic, shameful, and, above all, a disrespect to the good people of the Volta,” Amaliba said. “When this flooding hit, the president was far away in Europe.”
“In serious democracies where the presidents have love for their people, they will cut short their visit and say that there is a disaster back home, but our president did not do that. It simply shows you the kind of care that this government gives to the people in this country, and particularly to the people of the Volta Region. This government simply does not care.”
Speaking on The Big Issue on Citi FM and Citi TV, Amaliba also took a dig at some government appointees and people belonging to the NPP for their utterances on the disaster, including that of Bernard Antwi Boasiako, the NPP’s Ashanti Regional Chairman.
“The first person that made reckless comments was the NPP’s Ashanti Regional Chairman, who said the affected people should cry to the NDC and not the government,” Amaliba said. “This was totally out of context and insensitive to say something like that, considering the suffering of the affected people.”