GH¢2 million has been contributed by Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta on behalf of the Ministry of Finance to aid those impacted by the Akosombo dam leak.
The gift was given in the North Tongu District Assembly in Mepe, Volta Region, following a Friday visit by Mr. Ofori-Atta and his entourage to the impacted communities.
A further donation of GH¢50,000 was made for the same course by employees of the Finance Ministry.
Mr Ofori-Atta noted, “Let us be encouraged, Ministry of Finance as a family concerned about what has happened to our brothers and sisters, working with the VRA, we have brought something enough of GHS2 million to be able to support the relief that is going on and to thank Ghanaians for the spontaneous response.”
He further indicated “Clearly we are also prepared in terms of safe havens that had been put in place. So we are looking forward to supporting immediately as people have done and also looking long term to make sure that alternatives are provided.
“The issue of returning to homes is not a simple decision because of the issues of health. And so we need to put something into place to have access to capital to ensure that people can construct much faster than otherwise.”
Mr. Ofori-Atta also declared that the budget for 2024 will take into account long-term relief efforts for the victims of the Akosombo Dam leak.
Speaking to reporters on Friday, Mr. Ofori-Atta said that while the government had provided some victims with relief supplies, it planned to carry out additional work and include it in the budget for the following year.
“We have mobilized a few things that we would like to share but I think we are also in the budget season and therefore it will not just be numbers that we are working on but true feelings in the field and therefore the need to look at these social interventions in a real way. We will certainly give this an expression immediately and
also in the budget,” he stated.