We did our best in creating awareness—Upper East Region NADMO Director.

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The Upper East Regional Director of the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), Jerry Asamani has refuted claims by some affected farmers that NADMO did not create any awareness ahead of the 2022 Bagre dam spillage.

The spillage was done on September 1, 2022

So far, the Bagre dam has destroyed a number of acres of farmland and farm produce ranging from Maize, yellow melon, groundnut, rice and so on.

Meanwhile, these affected farmers have blamed the loss of their farm produce along the water route as a result of NADMO’s inability to create awareness on the possible period and time the Bagre dam will be spilled.

Responding to the above allegation when Ngamegbulam Chidozie Stephen of Apexnewsgh.com contacted him on “SPEAKOUT UPPER EAST REGION” development programme, Mr. Asamani
said, as for information, he thinks they at NADMO have done enough.

According to him “We make sure that coordinators went from house to house in the area and along the river banks. Those complaining, it is possible our area coordinators might have gotten to the house and the landlord wasn’t there or someone wasn’t there to get the information from my coordinators. But that does not mean we didn’t inform them. We spoke to the Chiefs, we spoke to opinion leaders, and we had formerly written to Ghana Education to provide us with their schools in case the people are misplaced”

“Is a yearly affair, so anytime the Bagre dam to begin rise that is when we begin to educate the people around. Radio station gives us airtime to educate the communities around the route, even to an extent that we stationed NADMO officials at every official and non-official cross, to advise people not to cross because when they spilled the dam, the water comes without sound. So, our people were at various stations to advise people to use the approved bridges like Kobore and Pawlunge bridges”. He stressed

“I won’t begrudge anybody who didn’t have time to listen to the radio or listen to their chiefs but we did our best to educate the people”. He said

Source: Apexnewsgh.com|Ngamegbulam Chidozie Stephen|Ghana

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