The Ghana Chamber of Mines has donated GH₵2.4million to support victims of the Akosombo Dam spillage through the Citi TV/Citi FM relief campaign.
The campaign was initiated to help victims affected by spillage of the Akosombo Dam by Volta River Authority.
Announcing the gesture on Citi FM’s Breakfast Show on Wednesday 8th November, Joshua Mortoti, President-Ghana Chamber of Mines said: “We have seen how devastating the dam spillage has been, affecting the lives and livelihoods of people in seven districts of three regions – Volta, Eastern and Greater Accra.
“The Ghana Chamber of Mines’ leadership and membership are aligned with Citi FM’s approach of providing impactful support to 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, Angela List, reiterated the chamber’s goal of promoting sustainability and noted that: “We want to ensure sustainability for the community. The industry is keen about sustainability, and we want this to be a sustainable project”.
Providing a breakdown of the amount, Mr. Mortoti said 10 percent – equivalent to GH₵240,000 of the amount – will be used for water treatment while 30 percent – GH₵720,000 – will be used for medical supplies.
Recognising the significance of shelter in the aftermath of the crisis, the Ghana Chamber of Mines is contributing a substantial 50 percent amounting to GH₵1.2million 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 added that it has set aside 10 percent or GH₵240,000 of the donation for providing ancillary relief items. These items could include food, clothing and other essential provisions, and will further support the affected communities in their journey toward recovery.
Samuel Attah-Mensah, Citi FM’s Managing Director, on his part said: “Some of the shelters are going to be permanent; 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 Chamber’s president were Angela List, second vice president of the Chamber; and Kwame Kwakye, chairman of the Chamber’s Affiliates Committee.