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Akatsi South MP Support Flood Victims with 100 Bags of Maize

The Member of Parliament (MP) for Akatsi South, Hon Bernard Ahiafor, has donated over 100 bags of Maize and other relief items to flood victims in some communities in his constituency.

Three months ago, the Ayitikope  Dam overflowed its banks and  floodwaters submerged acreages of farms and destroyed crops worth thousands of cedis in three communities in the Akatsi South District of the Volta region.

The community Dam was constructed by former President John Mahama in 2016 under the Ghana Irrigation Development Authority(GIDA) over flooded its banks and destroyed farmland along its bank.

Hon Ahiafor speaking to Journalists after the donation

This situations adversely affected 55 farmers whose farms were underwater for weeks in Ayitikope, Kpoegah, and Atidzive.

People in affected communities were rendered homeless and have to depend solely on relatives and the benevolence of well-wishers for survival.

The National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), the organization responsible for providing relief items has done little to rescue the victims from starvation as they lost all property including food items.

Flood victims wiring for maize

Residents said this is the first time they encountered such a great loss for it has never happened to them before.

They said the flood has affected them so badly and they couldn’t make any meaningful harvests this year.

Most of the affected crops were maize, garden egg, pepper, tomato and beans.

This, Hon Ahiafor said made him to intervened with some 100 bags of maize and other items to the victims to save  life’s.

He said the residents who are mainly farmers have no alternative as farming has been their occupation since history.

The MP attributed the disaster situation to overflow of a dam by torrential rainfall in the Ayitikope community, which left some homes and farmlands inundated.

Mr Ahiafor told Journalist over 55 households have been affected with their farms completely destroyed, making them vulnerable and pry to abject poverty.

At least, he said,  “a bag of maize could reduce if not salvage some situation among families.”

According to the MP,  the Dam was among of several dams constructed during the National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration in 2016,  to provide water for residents in for domestic and animals use.

Bags of maize for flood victims

He  blasted NADMO for failing to take steps to alleviate the plight of the affected farmers and their facilities.

He said since the incidents, NADMO failed to assist the families with food as they loss almost everything to the flood.

Mr Ahiafor, however  believed government should take opportunity and see how best the communities could go into irrigation using the dams water to ensure year round farming.

He further urged farmers in the communities to consider forming Farmers Base Orgainsation (FBO) within their localities so, they receive better support from the government.

The lawmaker seized the opportunity to wish his constituents a Happy New and urged them to continue to live in peace and harmony.

He said the year 2020 is an election year and entreated the youth to restrain themselves from political violence.


The Ayitikope Dam

Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Nyaaba

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