Vodza Ecotourism Initiative Voices Concern over Akosombo Dam Spillage’s Devastating Impact on the Environment
The Vodza Ecotourism Initiative (VEI) has expressed concerns over the effects of the flood caused by spillage of water from Akosombo dam on communities of Vodza, Keta, North, South and Central Tongu.
In a press release issued by the executive body of the Vodza Ecotourism Initiative, they complained that the spillage has had adverse effects on residents of the aforementioned communities.
“This year’s spillage continues to have a significant impact on the lives and livelihoods of the people in these towns and communities. The homes of many communities along the Volta River and the Keta Basin have been destroyed, livelihood disrupted, and more than 10,000 residents completely displaced. We acknowledge the hardship faced by these communities and call for support during this challenging times,” the statement said.
The Vodza Ecotourism Initiative also also expressed disquiet about the environmental impact of the spillage.
“The continuing release of water from the Akosombo Dam, although necessary, continues to cause severe flooding in several towns and in some cases has submerged entire communities along the Volta River, leading to extensive damage to farmlands, habitats and wildlife. This disruption of nature has long-term consequences for both flora and fauna in the area,” the group noted.
The Vodza Ecotourism Initiative stated how committed they are to preserving ecology, cultural heritage and improving the livelihoods in the Vodza-Keta area.
The group therefore urged stakeholders to take immediate action to curb the negative effect of the flooding situation.
“VEI encourages all stakeholders, including the Volta River Authority (VRA), NADMO and the Ghanaian government to take immediate action to mitigate the negative effects of the Akosombo spillage. This includes providing relief and support to affected communities – in cash, kind, and volunteers, as well as implementing sustainable strategies for managing the flow of the Volta River,” they requested.
They pledged to collaborate with other institutions to find a long- term solution to this recurrent challenge.
“VEI is dedicated to working collaboratively with local authorities, environmental groups, non-governmental and international organizations as well as the affected communities to find long-term solutions that balance the demands of energy production with the preservation of the environment, cultural heritage and the well-being of the people of the Volta Region and Ghana in general,” they assured.