STORY: NEWS DESK REPORT
Checks by Today indicate that residents who were affected in a rain storm in Wassa Akropong in the Wassa Amenfi East District (WAEDA) of the Western Region are still writhing in pain and living in a state of uncertainty since the incident occurred over a week ago.
The residents, whose roofs were ripped off during the rain storm, have vent their spleen on the District Chief Executive (DCE), Mr. Stephen Baidoo-Acheampong, and the members of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), for not given them the needed attention after the incident.
According to them, since the incident happened, the DCE, together with the members of NADMO and some members of the District Assembly have only visited them once; a visit, they claim, was without any relief items given to them.
Adducing reasons for the unfortunate occurrence, the residents told this paper that most of the places which were affected by the storm are strongholds of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
They therefore bemoaned the politicization of humanitarian acts in the district, calling for a stop to the practice.
They further asserted that food items which were supposed to be given to them by NADMO were being given to people who were not affected ostensibly to go and register and vote for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the December 7 presidential and parliamentary elections.
Sharing their sentiments to journalists earlier, spokesperson for the physically-challenged residents in the Social Welfare Block of the community, Hon. Koo Boye, lamented that all their belongings were soaked in water while lots of valuables were destroyed.
Among the valuables destroyed included electronic and electrical gadgets, mattresses, clothes, certificates, documents and food items like rice, gari and powdered pepper.
He narrated that he nearly collapsed in an attempt to save his four (4) children and some items from the torrential rain but escaped due to the timely intervention of others in the neighbourhood.
He stressed that they had to send some of their belongings to other relatives for keeps and find a place to sleep without any blanket from NADMO or the Assembly.
Mr. Boye explained that a day after the incident, the DCE together with the members of NADMO and some members of the Assembly visited them with some journalists to ascertain the damage in order to make an estimate.
“They therefore gave us the assurance of coming to our aid, however, they never came back leaving us to our own fate.”
Hon. Boye lamented the lack of toilet facilities in the government apartments — a situation he noted, compels them to ease themselves in polythene bags which was later disposed off.
He also added that several calls to the Assembly to provide them with toilet facilities have fallen on deaf ears.
When contacted, Member of Parliament (MP) for Amenfi East, Hon. Joseph Boahen Aidoo, empathized with the affected residents and pointed out that his office is currently handicapped in helping them, but promised to liaise with the Local Authority for the next release of the MP’s Common Fund to be channeled in providing either a new place or restoring the damaged blocks for the disabled residents.
The MP bemoaned the situation where NADMO, the mandated agency to provide disaster victims with relief items, has failed to provide relief items to the residents.
He therefore called on non-governmental organisations (NGOs), corporate entities, churches, individuals and the general public to support the victims in kind or in cash.
Hon. Boahen Aidoo further expressed misgivings about the inability of the Assembly to put in place remedial measures, days after the incident was reported.
“What has happened to the two percent (2%) allocation to the physically challenged from the District Assembly Common Fund (DACF)?”