Guaranty Trust Bank (Ghana) Ltd. has joined the relief efforts by donating food items, toiletries and household items to victims of the Akosombo Dam spillage as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility. The Akosombo Dam water spillage in September 2023 resulted in high levels of water flooding towns such as Mepe, Battor, Sogakope, Mafi, Adidome, Ada and other areas.
Leading the delegation from GTBank, Board Chairman Mr. Joseph Kofi Amoa-Awuah and the Divisional Head of General Internal Services, Iris Richter-Addo, commiserated with leadership and residents of affected towns. “It is very unfortunate for anyone to wake up one morning and lose everything they have worked for their whole lives. This is a difficult time in the lives of our brothers and sisters in the affected areas, and we are here to commiserate with them,” Mr. Amoa-Awuah stated.
He further stated: “Guaranty Trust Bank, as a responsible corporate entity, thoroughly engaged the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) office in Battor to find out what exactly affected persons would need – and we provided them. We pray they are able to get back on their feet as the water recedes”.
Items donated are mattresses, buckets, medicated bath soap, chlorine tablets, treated mosquito nets, mosquito coils, toilet rolls, sanitary pads and diapers. Other items are rice, sugar, gari, vegetables and palm oil, sardines, mackerel, tomatoes and bottled water among others.
The District Chief Executive of North Tongu, Divine Osborne Fenu, who received the items on behalf of beneficiaries within the district, expressed his appreciation to GTBank. “We are very grateful that you have come to sympathise with us and bring all these things which will help alleviate the plight of over 12,000 affected persons we have under our care within the district.”
The team was also led to visit the St. Kizito Senior High School in Mepe, which is currently being used as a safe haven for some victims of the flood.