STAKEHOLDERS COMMIT TO TACKLING FLOODS IN NORTHERN REGION

Northern Regional Coordinating Council Commits to support the efforts of STAR GHANA Foundation to finding sustainable solution to the perennial flooding in Northern Ghana.

This was made known at a dialogue convened by STAR GHANA Foundation to initiate conversations and partnership for joined efforts on long term sustainable solutions to the perennial flooding.

The participants included representatives from the Northern Regional Coordinating Council (NRCC), National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), Northern Development Authority (NDA), Ghana Irrigation Development Authority, Water Resources Commission, National Commission for Civic Education, religious and traditional leaders, and civil society organisations.

The participants were engaged to analyze floods situation in the northern part of the country, evaluate the response and mechanisms, as well as propose some strategies to strengthen the way the country responded to floods, particularly focusing on a shift from the periodic hand-outs to a more coordinated preparedness towards the flooding and also long-term recovery of the families and communities affected by the floods.

According to the Executive Director of Star Ghana foundation, Ibrahim Tanko Amidu, annual torrential rainfall and the spillage of the Bagre Dam have often resulted in the flooding of communities along the white volta basin in Northern Ghana.

“Associated with the floods are loss of lives, livelihood and properties. This have often seen government and development partners through NADMO responding with temporary forms of relief. Most often there are no resources for post-floods rehabilitation which leave the affected persons vulnerable to subsequent floods,” he said.

The Chief Director/RCD of the Northern Regional Coordinating Council, Alhaji Alhassan Issahaku on behalf of the Northern Regional Minister, Alhaji Shani Alhassan Shaibu, commended STAR GHANA Foundation for the initiative, adding that, a platform for stakeholders to contribute to a roadmap and implementation plan will improve responses to the flood situation in Northern Ghana.

He lamented that, over the years, floods have become an annual problem affecting people, causing deaths, and destructions of properties.

“Though NADMO and our Development Partners have always done enough to address the problem of floods but there is the need for others to come on board to help,” he urged.

According to NADMO report, about 26,635 people were displaced during the period 2019 – 2020 and properties damaged such as farmlands, 11,757 acres. This has worsened particularly among people who live in lower areas and informal settlements.

Alhaji Issahaku said poor sanitation is also contributing to floods, hence he appealed to the people of the region to strictly follow the Operation Clean Northern Region agenda, which is set to clean our environment by the Northern Regional Minister on every last Saturday of every month.

He urged STAR GHANA Foundation and stakeholders to rely on the plans set by NADMO at the MMDAs level. “These action plans are far advance at the MMDAs waiting for resources to be implemented.”

The Deputy CEO of Northern Development Authority (NDA), Stephen Yir-eru Engmen stated that, NDA is committed to play any coordinating and/or facilitating role to ensure that this initiative succeed in saving cherished lives and valuable property and enabling meaningful and recovery from the floods through improved responses to the floods in the districts along the White and Black Volta basins will be achieved.

The representative of NADMO, Iddrisu Abubakari Ziblim, proposed solutions to perennial flooding.

He stated the need to desilt rivers and other water bodies, move away from rain fed agriculture to harvested water for both agriculture and domestic use, introduce modern building methods and ensure that the base structures of building are re-enforced to withstand floods and heavy rains.

He urged stakeholders to assist or provide owners of collapsed houses with materials and technical know-how to re-build their houses, introduce strong legislation to move and relocate those living in the river basins, provide farmers with farming inputs to undertake dry season farming and provide financial resources to assist all affected to come out of their present situation.

Source:
Issah Fuseini
Public Relations Officer, NRCC

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