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"Why has government failed to announce a resettlement policy?" - Okudzeto Ablakwa quizzes

The Member of Parliament (MP) for North Tongu Constituency, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has expressed disappointment in the Akufo-Addo government over its failure to announce a resettlement policy for victims of the Akosombo Dam spillage.


The MP took to his social media handle to register his displeasure.


In a tweet sighted by Thinknewsonline.com, he tweeted "This is how thousands of our fellow Ghanaians who had their own homes a few weeks ago woke up at 5am today"

"Why should our compatriots and my beloved constituents continue to live in congested classrooms and under extremely inhumane conditions in displaced camps 5 weeks after the VRA-induced floods"


"Why has government failed to announce a resettlement policy?"


"As I reiterated forcefully in Parliament yesterday, this injustice must not be allowed."

"God is watching."


Background

It will be recalled that Mr. Okudzeto Ablakwa appealed to the government to fastrack the resettlement of the flood victims.


He stated emphatically that four weeks into this disaster and they are still expecting the government action for a resettlement plan.


Mr Ablakwa said this during a meeting with some traditional rulers from the Six Traditional Areas under North Tongu.

The meeting, held at the Royal Marcito Palace Hotel, was aimed at constituting a committee known as the ‘Accountability Elders Council to spearhead the distribution of items and other related activities to the Akosombo Dam flood victims.


Mr Ablakwa indicated that even though he put together volunteer teachers, who are organising classes, children must go back to their classrooms, adding “government must immediately announce a resettlement plan.”


He said the traditional leaders had offered land on higher grounds for reconstruction, adding “so land cannot be an excuse where government will say that it cannot begin the reconstruction programme.”

Mr Ablakwa also explained that the responses given to other disaster-driven communities in the country ought to be replicated everywhere.


He, however, revealed that Parliament had ruled to have a Parliamentary probe into the recent flood disaster after considering several factors


Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith

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