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AKOSOMBO DAM SPILLAGE AVERTED ‘CATASTROPHIC’ CONSEQUENCES – Energy Minister

 

The Ministry of Energy has defended the controlled spillage of excess water from the Akosombo Dam by the Volta River Authority (VRA), stating that it was the only option to prevent the dam from collapsing.

The spill, which began on September 15, led to significant flooding in parts of the Volta and Greater Accra Regions, displacing residents and causing property damage.

In a briefing to Parliament, Energy Minister Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh explained that the VRA took drastic action due to unusually high water levels in the dam’s reservoir.

“If the VRA had not been proactive in spilling this year, the water coming into the reservoir would have overtopped Akosombo Dam, which would have had an unimaginable catastrophic impact on the people,” Dr. Opoku Prempeh said.

Despite acknowledging the disruption caused by the spill, the Minister emphasized its necessity to protect the dam and downstream communities.

He also assured affected communities that the government is committed to providing relief and support in the aftermath of the controlled spillage.

 

 

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