July 13, 2024
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Dam spillage: Soldiers still at work; supporting victims – GAF debunks Ablakwa’s claim

The Ghana Armed forces has denied claims by North Tongu lawmaker Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa that soldiers deployed for humanitarian support in the wake of the Akosombo dam spillage are living the Volta region.

In a statement, GAF said the claim by the Member of Parliament is false noting further that the soldiers have not been given any order to leave the Volta region.

“The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) wishes to debunk some media reports and series of social media posts especially on Twitter (X), claiming that military personnel deployed to Mepe in Volta Region for Humanitarian Relief Operations following the spillage of the Akosmobo Dam, have been withdrawn.
 
“GAF wishes to categorically state that the information in circulation is inaccurate and that the personnel have not been given any ‘orders from above’ to withdraw from Mepe or any other community affected by the spillage contrary to the social media posts,” GAF said in statement.
 
The statement added: “It must be emphasised that the Humanitarian Relief Operations (Operation Boafo), being conducted by the Ghana Navy’s Riverine Command and the 48 Engineer Regiment of the Army is being executed in phases. As of 22 October 2023, the situation in Mepe has been brought under considerable control and therefore it became necessary to urgently redeploy some personnel and equipment to other distressed communities around Battor and its environs, which were in dire need of support.  
 
“Following the deployment of additional personnel and equipment to these distressed communities, the operations being conducted have been varied to suit the evolving situation. It must be placed on record that for the purpose of this operation, GAF has established an Emergency Operations Centre which is coordinating all the GAF activities in a harmonised manner in conjunction with NADMO”.

The statement noted the Ghana Armed Forces will not relent on its ongoing effort to help victims of the incident.
 
“GAF therefore wishes to assure the general public that as recently reported in the media of the thousands of persons rescued and marked efforts being made to support victims, it will not relent in the quest to ensure urgent, equitable and appropriate response and support to all persons and communities affected by the spillage in conjunction with all stakeholders”.

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