The National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Volta Region has strongly condemned the neglect of vulnerable groups amidst the flood crisis triggered by the planned spillages from the Akosombo and Kpong hydroelectricity facilities.
In a scathing critique, the NDC highlighted the failure of the Gender, Children and Social Protection Minister, Hon. Lariba Zuweira Abudu, to safeguard the welfare of the nation’s most vulnerable citizens, who have borne the brunt of the floodwaters.
Children, the elderly, women, people with disabilities, and other vulnerable groups have not only suffered the physical impact of the floods but also faced discrimination in relief item distribution and endured inhumane conditions. The NDC characterized this situation as “unacceptable” and “dire,” calling for immediate attention and redress.
According to the NDC, the vulnerable individuals have not only suffered due to the floodwaters but have also been subjected to blatant discrimination in the distribution of relief items. They are compelled to stay in crowded environments with poor sanitary conditions, exacerbating their suffering.
The NDC expressed dismay at the apparent lack of urgency or concern displayed by the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Hajia Lariba Zuweira Abudu, in addressing the crisis. They cited several instances, including the collapse of an elderly woman in the Agbetikpo camp in North Tongu and the public cries of an 85-year-old Janet Gidi, as evidence of the minister’s inaction.
The NDC argued that it is the minister’s responsibility to ensure the protection and support of vulnerable populations during times of crisis. They emphasized that it is her obligation to ensure equitable access to relief resources and that the blatant discrimination goes against the principles she is entrusted to uphold. The NDC accused her of dereliction of duty and called on her to take immediate action.
The NDC called on all entities involved in the relief distribution chain to prioritize persons with disabilities, children, the elderly, and other vulnerable groups, similar to the actions of Hon. Okudzeto Ablakwa, the MP for North Tongu. They urged everyone to collaborate with the appropriate authorities to demonstrate Ghanaian compassion, generosity, and hospitality towards each other.
In conclusion, the Volta NDC reaffirmed its commitment to advocating for the rights, privileges, and protection of all citizens, particularly those in vulnerable segments of society. They urged the government, through the Gender, Children and Social Protection Ministry, to take urgent and decisive steps to rectify these injustices and ensure that no one is left behind in this time of humanitarian crisis.