The Volta River Authority (VRA) claims that the organisation made the best decisions and took the appropriate actions just before and after the dam spillage.
Following the spillage from the Akosombo and Kpong dams, large areas of land were flooded, including farms and communities downstream.
According to a report by asaaseradio.com, Emmanuel Antwi Darkwa, CEO of the VRA, asserted that the absence of fatalities in the most recent spillage is proof that the organisation’s management took appropriate action both before and after the incident.
Antwi Darkwa emphasised how serious the situation could have gotten without the highly effective response mechanism.
“We empathise with those who have been affected by this spillage. Those affected by this spillage are part of us; we have so many employees who come from these areas. Some of our plant managers come from Mepe, so when something happens to the people of Mepe, it affects us. I’ve had the opportunity to go to the safe havens and really to move from your house and be relocated; however short it is, it is so traumatic.”
“So we can understand the public outcry, how people feel, but there is always a balance for a dam manager; there’s always something for you to juggle between maintaining the integrity of the dam and the consequences of what you do when you protect a dam. We took all the good engineering decisions to ensure that balance continues to stay,” he said.