Today January 20, 2022

Tidal waves: Go give support to people of Keta – Amaliba to gov’t

Member of the legal team of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) Abraham Amaliba, has called on government to go to the aid of communities that are affected by the encroachment of the sea by way of tidal waves such as Keta and its environs, in the Volta Region of Ghana.

He said government should not create the situation where the indigenes would think because they belong to opposition stronghold in the country, they won’t receive any relief items to assuage the worsened conditions.

Mr Amaliba stressed that the affected residents in the Volta Region are taxpayers as any citizens in other parts of the country.

He pointed out that the last time the communities were visited by the tidal waves in that region, it reduced the Member of Parliament (MP) Dzifa Abla Gomashie for the area to “kneel down and beg” for some aid to be meted out to the affected persons in the area.

Mr Amaliba called on the government to act on its own volition by directing the right state institution like the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) to send relief items to the affected communities in the Volta Region.

He said government sending relief items to the people affected in the region will be the most immediate thing to do in alleviating the plight of the people occasioned by the tidal wave in that region.

Mr Amaliba posited that the tidal waves are as result of the climate change, which is also occasioned as a result of adverse human behavior by not being able to preserve the environment as the race came to meet it.

He cited the instance where the country should be experiencing harmattan at the latter part of the year but rather the country is experiencing heavy rainfall, to which he said “the climate change will give you heavy rainfall or more sunshine, these are the effects. And most of them are as a result of our own conduct as human beings”.

“I must say that I am constrained to ask the question whether the Glasgow colloquium was not a talking shop. And so when you narrow it to what happened two days ago in Keta and you could see homes flooded, people had their properties damaged, you begin to ask questions whether leaders are even concerned about the plight of their own people,” Mr Amaliba stated.

Mr Amaliba said there is the need for the government to begin concentrating on how the country can preserve the environment and what will be the punishment for people who engage in acts that go to destroy the environment. Whether they are stiffer enough to deter people from such adverse acts on the environment.

He said this in an interview with Johnnie Hughes on the New Day on Monday, November 8, on the heels of the tidal waves that affected communities like Keta and its environs on Saturday, November 6, destroying properties and displacing about 700 people in that area.

“Immediately I think government should go to the aid of the people of Keta. I don’t want the situation where the people will begin to think that they belong to the opposition stronghold so relief items are not coming and there will be some delay, these are taxpayers,” Mr Amaliba implored.

Source: Modern Ghana



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