The Member of Parliament (MP) for Asokwa and Deputy Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Madam Patricia Appiagyei on Tuesday presented some relief items to 29 families who were recently displaced by floods in Atonsu S-line, a community within the Asokwa Municipality.
Items presented by the humanitarian MP consisted of one thousand pieces of latex foam branded mattresses, two thousand pieces of children’s sandals, about 15 bales of second-hand clothing, 50 bags of rice and some detergents.
Speaking with a sober tone, Madam Appiagyei consoled the families for their recent loss but assured them of government support to ensure the perennial floods are addressed in no time.
She noted that the contractor working on the dredging of the Susan River will continue to work at the S-line portion so that the volume of water passing through takes a good level and thereby limit the rate at which flooding takes place in the area.
‘’I am happy that by God’s grace I have gotten support from NADMO and latex foam to cushion you a little from your recent loss. I am also hopeful that by the time the contractor finishes dredging the waters close to this area, floods will be a thing of the past and life will be normal for you again’’, Mama Pat stressed.
Speaking to the Ghanaian Observer Newspaper, Gloria Afrakoma, a distressed resident commended the Asokwa MP for her gesture.
The relief items, she noted would help the families cope with normal life once again since almost all they had as belongings were washed away by the recent life threatening floods.
George Nsiah, a resident at old-Atonsu appealed to the MP and the NPP government to do all they can to continue the dredging of the Susan River to low levels so that residents could be spared the agony of having to deal with floods again anytime it rained.
He however commended Madam Appiagyei, popularly called Mama Pat for seeing to their welfare anytime they had challenges.
Sharing their thoughts, Eric Osei and Frank Owusu, assemblymen for Atonsu-Agogo North and Old-Atonsu electoral areas respectively expressed their appreciation to the MP for the humanitarian gesture.
They urged the Asokwa Municipal Assembly (ASKMA) to continue the collaboration with the contractor working on Asokwa roads so that they can carry out periodic dredging to prevent flooding in Atonsu-S-line.
Accompanying the MP for the distribution of the items were Benjamin Fosu Nkromah, Papa Yaw Asare Bediako John, Felix Appiah and Nana Gyamfi, constituency chairman, secretary, treasurer and director of communications of Asokwa- NPP respectively.
They individually commended the MP for the gesture and urged that government continues to provide such assistance to distressed persons so as to help them have normal lives.