In the aftermath of an unprecedented controlled spillage at the Akosombo and Kpong dams, initiated by the Volta River Authority (VRA) on September 15, 2023, communities along the lower Volta Basin are facing severe repercussions. Extended power outages and the displacement of countless individuals have become grim realities, prompting Ephraim Nii Tan Sackey, a prominent National Executive of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and a fervent advocate for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to call upon the international community for support.
As substantial rainfall led to the overflow of both reservoirs, the spillage has wreaked havoc on numerous communities, leaving them in dire need of immediate assistance. Mr. Sackey, known for his unwavering commitment to the SDGs, voiced concerns about the potential setbacks this environmental crisis could impose on the nation’s progress toward achieving these globally recognised goals.
During a press conference held yesterday, Mr. Sackey urged international bodies, governments, and humanitarian organizations to intervene swiftly, underlining the urgency of the situation. He emphasised the interconnectedness of environmental sustainability and the SDGs, highlighting how the ongoing crisis threatens advancements in vital areas such as clean energy, clean water, and overall economic development.
“The spillage at the Akosombo and Kpong dams has resulted in a humanitarian crisis of significant proportions,” Mr. Sackey declared. “Our communities are suffering, and the attainment of our SDGs is under serious jeopardy. I implore the international community to come together and provide the necessary aid and resources to help those affected rebuild their lives.”
Mr. Sackey’s passionate plea comes in the wake of widespread reports of displacement, loss of livelihoods, and the urgent need for basic amenities in the affected regions. As the situation continues to unfold, both national and global stakeholders must unite to alleviate the suffering of those most affected by this environmental catastrophe.
The call to action by the NDC National Executive resonates with advocates worldwide who recognise the urgency of addressing environmental crises within the context of sustainable development. As affected communities grapple with the aftermath of the spillage, Mr. Sackey’s appeal serves as a powerful reminder that collective efforts are essential in safeguarding the future well-being and prosperity of all citizens.