Hon. Stephen Yakubu, the Upper East Regional Minister, says the Regional Security Council (REGSEC) is ready to support the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) in its quest to minimise the impact of flooding in flood prone areas in the Region.
He said REGSEC and all 15 Municipal and District Security Councils, especially in Districts identified as flood prone areas were collaborating to address any undesirable flood situations.
Hon. Yakubu commended farmers along river banks for adhering to advise not to farm along the banks, “Every year, we advise the people to move away to safer grounds but they would not listen.
“This year is different, they listened to the advise and moved away from the banks to avoid any possible loss of lives and property,” he said.
The Minister, also the Chairman of REGSEC, said this at a meeting with NADMO officials, led by the Director-General, Nana Eric Agymang Prempeh and members of REGSEC at the Regional Coordinating Council in Bolgatanga.
Hon. Yakubu said the construction of additional two bridges over the White Volta at Bazua in the Binduri District had massively minimised the flooding situation this year.
He further reiterated government’s commitment to construct the Pwalugu Multipurpose Dam which would check flooding, supply additional electric power and also enable farmers to embark on dry season farming.
Nana Prempeh noted that the spillage of the Bagre Dam in Burkina Faso was done annually, and said his outfit would continue to collaborate with authorities of Burkina Faso to ensure the annual spillage was done in a manner that would not destroy any properties.
He said owing to effective collaboration between the two countries in the spillage, there was no cause for worry, adding that since the Bagre Dam was opened on September 1, 2022, there was no major recorded incidence.
Nana Prempeh called on the security agencies to continue to collaborate with NADMO, saying “NADMO is a coordinating agency and without the Ghana National Fire Service, Military, Police and Immigration officers, we will not properly fight disasters,” he noted