May 24, 2024

The Communications officer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC)in the WaleWale Constituency, Mr Issifu Mahama Mashood has appealed for urgent relief for victims of the floods which have displaced hundreds.

A severe rainstorm hit walewale inundating the area with one of the worst floods recorded in recent times, submerging roads, houses, farms and ripping off roofs.

The disaster has exacerbated the areas infrastructural deficit, with damages and estimated assistance running into millions of Ghana Cedis.

“It is very critical that immediate relief is brought to mitigate the human suffering that has befallen us as a result of this disaster,” said Mr Mashood.

In his press release, he indicated that H.E Dr Bawumia who is a native of the area ought to abort his campaign and come home to show solidarity to his people thus there is absolutely nothing more precious than exhibiting love and care to his people in this tedium times.

Read below the full statement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NDC Calls On H. E Dr. Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia To Abort His Campaign And Show Solidarity To His People.

[Walewale], [13/08/23]

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) expresses deep sorrow over the devastating floods that occurred on Friday in several communities within the Walewale constituency. We stand in solidarity with the affected residents during this challenging times and we extend our sympathies to all those who have lost their properties.

The NDC acknowledges the urgent need for immediate relief and support for the affected communities. We call on both the Municipal Assembly and Ministry of interior at the national level to swiftly respond to this crisis and provide the necessary assistance to those in distress.

The heavy downpour that led to these catastrophic floods has resulted in displacements, destruction of homes, infrastructure, and valuable possessions. The toll on the affected families and individuals is immeasurable, and it is our collective responsibility to come together and offer our support in any way possible.

The NDC applauds the swift response and efforts of the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), but wish to state that more resources are still needed. We appreciate the efforts of community leaders, volunteers, and individuals who have selflessly assisted in rescue operations and providing immediate aid to those in need. We commend their commitment to serving the affected communities during this difficult period.

We also recommend a post disaster or emergency plan to not only prevent a future crisis, but to also include strategies for responding in the inevitable event that one occurs again in the future.
Though crises are almost by definition unexpected, effective leaders can and should still prepare for them. These underlines the need for political will to apply proactive measures, including prevention and mitigation, rather than reactive responses.

A leader who fails to prioritise the agenda for disaster risk reduction can be considered to have low political will, because they have the authority to mobilise and allocate resources such as funds for disaster mitigation, or prevention of epidemics. The Authorities in the Walewale constituency have failed to demonstrate political will to mobilise and allocate funding and other resources for mitigation and disaster risk reduction. Desperate times calls for desperate measures.

We urge the government to allocate the necessary resources to ensure a rapid and efficient response to the ongoing crisis. Adequate shelter, food, clean water, medical assistance, and relief supplies must be made available to those affected, with a focus on the most vulnerable individuals, including children, the elderly, and those with disabilities.

In addition to immediate relief measures, long-term strategies should be put in place to mitigate the impact of future flooding incidents in the Walewale constituency. This includes investment in infrastructure development, improved drainage systems, and effective urban planning to minimize the risk of such disasters.

The NDC pledges its full support in assisting the affected communities during the recovery process. We call on all well-meaning individuals, organizations, and stakeholders to join hands and extend a helping hand to those in need. We also wish to call on H.E Dr. Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia to abort his campaign and come home to show solidarity to his people, because there is nothing precious than showing love and care to your people in their difficult times. Together, we can rebuild and restore the lives and livelihoods affected by this tragic event.

For media inquiries, please contact:

[Issifu Mahama Mashood]
[Communication Officer]
[National Democratic Congress]

Story by Lawrence Odoom

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