The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) has denied reports that it has withdrawn military personnel deployed to Mepe in the Volta Region following the spillage of the Akosmobo Dam.
The response from the GAF follows media reports and social media posts that which claimed that the soldiers deployed to the area for humanitarian relief operations were withdrawn, upon an order from a higher authority.
But a statement dated, Sunday, October 22, signed by M.A Larbi Naval Captain, Director General, Public Relations, described the reports as “inaccurate.”
“The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) wishes to debunk some media reports and series of social media posts especially on Twitter (X), claiming that military personnel deployed to Mepe in Volta Region for Humanitarian Relief Operations following the spillage of the Akosmobo Dam, have been withdrawn. GAF wishes to categorically state that the information in circulation is inaccurate and that the personnel have not been given any ‘orders from above’ to withdraw from Mepe or any other community affected by the spillage contrary to the social media posts,” GAF rejected in its statement.
“It must be emphasised that the Humanitarian Relief Operations (Operation Boafo), being conducted by the Ghana Navy’s Riverine Command and the 48 Engineer Regiment of the Army is being executed in phases,” GAF added in its statement.
“GAF, therefore, wishes to assure the general public that as recently reported in the media of the thousands of persons rescued and marked efforts being made to support victims, it will not relent in the quest to ensure urgent, equitable and appropriate response and support to all persons and communities affected by the spillage in conjunction with all stakeholders.”
Meanwhile, GAG has indicated that its personnel of the Naval Riverine Command and the Army’s 48 Engineer Regiment are still deployed and conducting the relief operations (Operation Boafo) in accordance with the exigencies of the situation, at Mepe, Battor, Sogakope, Adidome, Aveyime, New Bakpa, Big Ada Ada Foah and the surrounding communities.
“These personnel are equipped with 10 Naval Boats and four (four) Engineer Assault Boats. From 13th October 2023 till date, GAF has rescued about 12,000 persons.”
The MP for North Tongu, Samuel Ablakwa, had also claimed the military personnel had left the area
He later confirmed the return of the military.
Read the full statement below