John Mahama of NDC gives hope and support to flood victims in Accra around Sahara Ghetto near Odawna Adabraka. He visited them today to see for himself, the challenges the ordinary Ghanaians are going through after a week of heavy downpours that left many places in Accra flooded.
The people chanted his name and sang in his praise for coming to their aid.
The former president of the Republic of Ghana and flag bearer of the biggest opposition party in Ghana interacted with the people, paid for the services of a refuse collecting firm (Tricycle operators) to help the people desilt the drains and collect refuse that had been heaped in their homes by the rain to make life a little more comfortable for the people. The people also participated in the exercise by bringing out all the refuse brought in by the flood waters.
The Flagbearer of the NDC speaking to the media said Ghana has continued to suffer perennial flooding because rivers that pass through Accra and empty their waters in the sea take their source from the eastern region hence the volume of water. He was of the view that our failure to desilt the drains further creates problems for us.
Mahama called on the authorities to speed up the desilting and continue to work to help mild the impact of such floods. He added that the rains have just begun because in June very often, it could rain more hours in a day than the about 40 mins rain that caused all the devastation last week.
The former president and flag bearer went on the tour with Zanetor Agyeman-Rawlings Member of the Ghana Parliament
for Klottey-Korley Constituency and other high profile NDC executives. The gesture put a lot of smiles on the faces of the people. One fan who watched the proceeding live on facebook said “Now see the smiles on the faces of the victims just seeing the incoming President around to visit them”
Mahama hopes that
the work done will create a safe environment for the people and prevent the outbreak of Cholera in the area. He further called on NADMO to come to the aid of community members who lost their valuables, wares the trade in and others to help alleviate their suffering. He used the opportunity to express his sincere regret for the ordeal the people had gone through.