Ghana: Affected Tidal Wave Victims Of Ketu South Ignored Donation

By Maxwell Nkansah

The National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) says they made an attempt to count the victims and also ascertain what the victims needed but the victims openly told the NADMO officials they do not need relief items but a permanent solution to the tidal waves problem.

Five days after the tidal wave hit the area, no relief items had reached the victims because the municipal and regional offices of the NADMO did not have any relief item in stock for the victims.

The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Ketu South, Maxwell Lugudor, had revealed this during an inverview that they were waiting for the Volta Regional NADMO office to supply them with relief items.

Reacting to the development on Thursday, the Volta Regional NADMO Director, Ivy Amewugah Mawufemor, told host Alfred Ocansey that “it is true the items are yet to get to the victims”.

According to Ivy Amewugah Mawufemor, they said to have not been ready to receive rice and oil. She further stated that they seem to have a permanent solution to the problem, so they found it difficult to send letters to the headquarters to release items to the victim.

Madam Amewugah Mawufemor continued to say that due to their rejection and finding to get a solution the cause of the tidal wave, they couldn’t place a request to the headquarters [NADMO] without figures so we needed to ascertain their needs before we place a call.

“We are working on relief items. We liaised with the headquarters and we are hoping to get something from them very soon but for now, we are yet to receive the relief item from the headquarters.”

The Director explained that NADMO officials were able to convince the victims to accept the relief items while efforts are being made to respond to their demands.

They have later agreed to accept the relief items but they told them that they are tired of rice and oil because the tidal wave happened four months ago. It has been the normal thing that when it happens, they receive such items.

They now want a permanent solution which is a sea defense.  They bemoan that anytime they suffer to get something, the rain comes in and wash them away.


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