Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, the Member of Parliament for North Tongu, has clarified that he has not personally received any donations from Ken Ofori-Atta, the Minister of Finance, during his visit to North Tongu.
Ablakwa addressed this matter during an interview on an Accra-based radio station monitored online by this platform, emphasizing that the pictures circulating, suggesting he had received a donation on behalf of flood victims, are misleading and untrue.
“It is important to clarify this point that I have not received any personal donation from the Finance Minister. I hope that those pictures and the focus to create the impression as if I have received something. Because if you look at the pictures carefully it was when I was taking him on a tour and showing him the level of devastation and he was really shocked.
“He told me that the media had not captured it fully and he repeated it in the budget statement that he was totally shocked. He couldn’t believe the level of devastation,” Mr. Ablakwa said.
According to the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), the Akosombo Dam Spillage has affected a significant number of residents in the North Tongu area. More than 12,000 individuals and over 1,500 houses have been impacted by the flooding. The overall figure for the eight affected districts, which include South and Central Tongu, Anlo, Asougyaman, Ada East, and others, exceeds 26,000. Unfortunately, despite the ongoing disaster, the government has not yet made any plans for the resettlement of the victims. As a result, those whose houses were destroyed by the floods are still residing in uncomfortable conditions within temporary camps.
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