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VRA announces potential spillage of excess water

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The Volta River Authority (VRA) has announced its plan to involve relevant stakeholders in potentially releasing excess water from the Akosombo Dam. A notice signed by VRA’s Deputy Chief Executive in Charge of Services, Ing. Ken Arthur, has been sent to over 40 stakeholders, including the Minister for the Interior and all the local assemblies within the dam’s catchment areas. The notice indicates that the engagement process is starting immediately in preparation for the possibility of water release if necessary.

“The Volta River Authority (VRA) intends to commence engagements regarding the potential controlled spillage of water from the Akosombo Dam. This precautionary measure is crucial to maintaining the structural integrity of the dam and ensuring the safety of our communities,” the notice read.

It added that “We propose to engage you and the relevant team to discuss the potential implications, mitigative measures and information dissemination.” VRA commenced spilling excess water from the Akosombo Dam on September 15, 2023, which led to devastating flooding in surrounding areas, particularly within the Lower Volta.

The 2023 controlled spillage lasted until October 30, 2023, when VRA announced its end. Over 88,000 people and over 5,000 homes were affected by the flooding, according to government figures. Citi FM and Channel One TV and their audience moved in to build resettlement and health centres for the affected.

The government also announced a GH¢220 million compensation package for the victims, which President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo during his 67th Independence Day speech in Koforidua on March 6, 2023, said GH¢80 million had been disbursed. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, the Member of Parliament for North Tongu, debunked the president’s GH¢80 million announcement.

Source: Citi Newsroom

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