The Ghana Armed Forces 9(GAF) has debunked reports that military personnel deployed to Mepe in the Votal Region for “Humanitarian Relief Operations” have been withdrawn.
This comes after reports on social that the personnel who have helping with the evacuation of victims affected by the spillage of the Akosombo and Kpong dams have been withdrawn.
The response was contained in a press statement signed by MA Larbi for the director of general public relations.
According to the statement, “The humanitarian Relief Operations (Operation Boafo), being conducted by the Ghana Navy’s Riverine Command and the 48 Engineer Regiment of the Ghana Army is being executed in phases.”
” As of 22 October 2023, the situation in Mepe has been brought under considerable control and there it became necessary to redeploy some personnel and equipment to other distressed communities around Battor and its environs, which were in dire need of support,” it said.
The statement added that “following the deployment of additional personnel and equipment to these distressed communities, the operations being conducted have varied to suit the evolving situation. It must be put on record that for the purpose of this operation, GAF has established an Emergency Operations Center which is coordinating all GAF activities in a harmonized manner with NADMO.”
The Ghana Armed Forces further explained that personnel of the Naval Riverine Command and the Army’s 48 Engineer Regiment are still deployed and conducting the relief operations in accordance with the exigencies of the situation at Mepe, Battor, Sogakope, Adidome, Aveyime, New Bapka, Big Ada, Ada Foah and the surrounding communities.
With ten (10) naval boats and four (4) Engineer Assault Boats, GAF says it has rescued 12,000 persons from October 13 till now.
It therefore concluded by assuring the general public of its relentless quest to ensure urgent, equitable and appropriate response and support to all persons and the communities affected by the spillage in conjunction with all stakeholders.