Dam spillage: North Tongu teachers threaten to leave post

Dam spillage: North Tongu teachers threaten to leave post

The teachers in the North Tongu District of the Volta Region are grappling with severe challenges due to the continuous spillage of the Akosombo and Kpong dams.

The adverse effects of this spillage on their living conditions and professional lives have led many teachers to contemplate leaving the district in search of more stable environments.

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In an interview with Class 91.3 FM’s Volta Regional Correspondent, Kingsley Attitsogbui, Sammy Olando Bansah, the District Chairman for the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) in North Tongu, expressed deep concern for the plight of teachers in the district.

He noted that a significant number of his colleagues have yet to return to the district following the flooding.

Mr. Bansah highlighted the hardships faced by teachers who must make a challenging daily journey, including crossing rivers, to reach their classrooms.

He emphasized the uncertainty caused by the lack of clear information from the Volta River Authority (VRA) regarding whether further dam spillage is imminent, which is prompting some teachers to consider leaving.

As a solution, Mr. Bansah urgently called for support for the affected teachers. He stressed the need for essential resources such as life jackets, accommodation, and clean drinking water.

Additionally, he pointed out the difficulties faced by teachers living in areas where water sources have been contaminated.

The ongoing dam spillage in the Volta Region has led to the displacement of a significant number of people, with the latest figures from the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) indicating that at least 35,995 individuals have been affected.

The North Tongu District has seen the highest number of displaced individuals, totaling 12,600, spread across 69 communities, with 4,220 people currently seeking refuge in safe locations.

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