Let's support government to help tidal waves victims - Volta Minister

Anloga (VR), Nov. 19, GNA - Dr Archibald Yao Letsa, Volta Regional Minister, has called on individuals and groups to collaborate effectively with the government so that "together, we'll bring our people out from their predicament.


He said it was best for philanthropists and corporate organisations with plans to donate relief items to work with the appropriate structures to avoid duplication of rescue efforts, leaving out victims in dire need of support
Dr Letsa was addressing the media on Thursday when the region took delivery of relief and livelihood support items from Latter Day Saints Charities, the humanitarian wing of the Church of Latter-Day Saints and Coastal Development Authority (CODA), for use by the victims.

The donation from the Church included 600 each of student mattresses, Wellington boots, blankets and mosquito nets, 200 bags of 25kg rice, 26 cartons of bar soap, 60 cartons of cooking oil, 25 cartons of sardines and eight cartons of mosquito coil.

That from CODA included 4,000 packs of detergent, 300 headpans for the women victims and 30 subsidised outboard motors for fishermen (GH¢10,000.00) to be paid within a year.

The Regional Minister who expressed appreciation for the support to the victims from individuals and groups with the recent one coming from The Volta Tidal Waves Relief Fund (VTWRF), The Ghana Association of Bankers, MTN Ghana Foundation, Ashfoam and partners from Corporate Ghana, said he looked forward to more of such.

He indicated that the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) with mandates such as mobilising resources to help in disaster management and the local Assemblies were best placed to get donations to the affected people.

"If you have something to offer, you should approach Municipal and District Chief Executives, the Assemblies, the NADMO, so they can appropriately direct us on how the things can be applied to benefit our people maximally."

Dr Letsa disclosed that NADMO was still mobilising resources and that there was a delegation from the World Food Programme, UNICEF and Care International to assess the situation for interventions assuring the people that the government was and would always be with them.

A member of the delegation from the Church, Mr Mahmoud Labinjo in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, said they were moved to make the donation based on what they monitored in the media about the disaster.

He said just as Christ came not only to preach the gospel but to also help, the Church had an emergency response package which was usually triggered to support victims in times of disaster irrespective of religion, age or creed.