The Public Relations Officer (PRO) for the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL), Mr. Stanley Martey has bemoaned the increasing growth in population around the Weija dam area.
Speaking to Kwabena Agyapong on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm he said the residents are not heeding to the caution by the GWCL despite the glaring damages.
According to him, it is the duty of the GWCL to ask people to desist from building along the Weija dam area. We can only caution them but I don’t think they are seeing to out caution and that is the sad story, he said.
He said part from developing rising, the population is also rising and it is a sad story but GWCL does not have control over it.
GWCL has announced through a statement that it will begin spilling excess water from the Weija Dam as part of routine measures to safeguard it.
According to the statement, “with the onset of the rains, the water level is rising and getting close to the safe operating level of 47ft. Like every dam, its safe operating levels are maintained to prevent it from possible collapse.”
The statement further indicated that “management of GWCL, therefore, wishes to inform members of the general public as well as institutions or organizations who have properties downstream of the dam that the opening of the spillway gates may cause flooding.
It added: “As a result, we urge people living in communities downstream and along the buffer zone close to the river course to evacuate the area to forestall any eventualities in order to protect life and property.
GWCL has begun a house to house sensitization as well as using public address systems within the communities. Opinion leaders, Chiefs, Assemblymen, Unit Committee leaders and Heads of schools have been informed to help in sensitizing the people in the communities. GWCL is also liaising with the National Security to dredge the estuary to enable easy flow into the sea.”
Communities that are likely to be affected include; Tetegu, Oblogo, Lambros Salt, Lower McCarthy Hill, Lower Weija, Bojo Beach, Ada Kope, Ts, come and surrounding communities.
“Property owners and residents in the area are therefore advised to evacuate or take immediate precautionary measures to protect life and property, “the statement cautioned.