VRA ponders Akosombo Dam spillage again!! …seeks to engage stakeholders in catchment areas on excess water spillage

The Volta River Authority (VRA) is preparing for a potential controlled spillage of excess water from the Akosombo Dam in the Eastern Region.

In view of this, the Authority, has started notifying stakeholders within the catchment areas for an engagement on the intended spillage.

A notice signed by the Deputy Chief Executive in Charge of Services at the VRA, Ken Arthur, said the engagement was a precautionary measure.

“This precautionary measure is crucial to maintaining the structural integrity of the dam and ensuring the safety of our communities,” the notice said.

It said atengagement, which is yet to be scheduled; stakeholders would discuss the impacts of the intended and how to handle its repercussions.

“We propose to engage you and the relevant team to discuss the potential implications, mitigate measures and information dissemination,” it said.

The VRA emphasised that while the spillage is not confirmed yet, preparing and engaging stakeholders promptly is essential.

According to the distribution list attached to the letter sighted by the Ghanaian Times, about 40 stakeholders have been notified of the impending engagement.

They include the Minister for the Interior and local assemblies within the catchment area of the Akosombo Dam.

In October 2023, a controlled spillage of the Akosombo Dam was conducted to prevent overflow, leading to the displacement of residents in low-lying areas.

The most affected communities were in the North and Central Tongu districts, with estimates indicating that over 35,857 people were displaced, and numerous homes and farmlands were destroyed as a result.

The floods had a significant impact on more than 30,000 individuals in the North Tongu district, leaving them in desperate need of assistance from both government agencies and charitable organisations.


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