THE GHANA CHAMBER of Mines has
stepped forward to contribute GH¢2.4 million to support victims of the Akosombo Dam spillage through the Citi TV/Citi FM’s relief campaign.
The campaign was initiated to help victims affected by the spillage of the Akosombo Dam by the Volta River Authority.
Announcing the donation on Citi FM’s Breakfast Show on Wednesday, 8th November, President of the Ghana Chamber of Mines ing. Joshua Mortoti, said, “We have seen how devastating the dam spillage has been, affecting the lives and livelihoods of people in seven districts in three regions—Volta, Eastern and Greater Accra.”
“The leadership and membership of the Ghana Chamber of Mines are aligned with Citi FM’s approach of providing impactful support to the victims of the flood disaster.
We cannot just donate items and leave them to stagger their way to full recovery. As good corporate citizens, we need to assist the impacted communities sustainably,” he added.
Second Vice President of the Chamber, Ms. Angela List reiterated the Chamber’s goal of promoting sustainability and noted that, “we want to ensure the sustainability of the community. The industry is key about sustainability and we want this to be a sustainable project.”
Providing a breakdown of the amount, Mr. Mortoti said 10% which is equivalent to (GH₵240,000) of the amount will be used for Water Treatment while 30 percent or GH₵720,000 will be used for medical supplies.
Recognizing the significance of shelter in the aftermath of the crisis, the Ghana Chamber of Mines is contributing a substantial 50% amounting to GH₵1.2 million Ghana cedis to build temporary shelters.
These shelters will serve as safe havens for those affected by the crisis, offering them a place to seek refuge and rebuild their lives.
The Chamber informed it has set aside 10% or (GH₵240,000) of the donation for the provision of ancillary relief items.
These items, which could include food, clothing, and other essential provisions, will further support the affected community in their journey towards recovery.
Mr. Samuel Attah-Mensah on his part said, “some of the shelters are going to be permanent shelters, we will invite you to join us in one of our visits to see the progress of work.”
Present on the Citi Breakfast Show to support the President were Ms. Angela List, Second Vice President of the Chamber and Mr. Kwame Kwakye, Chairman of the Affiliates Committee of the Chamber.