But Obuobia Darko-Opoku Wins Applause
By Alfred K Dogbey
The Member of Parliament (MP) for Weija/Gbawe Constituency, Madam Rosemond Abrah, had the rude shock of her political life last Thursday, when the residents embarrassingly hooted at her, after appearing from nowhere to sympathize and play politics with the flood that has engulfed the
Constituency and claimed three lives.
Residents explained to The Herald during a visit that their MP, who had abandoned the area after winning the parliamentary seat, suddenly appeared at the flood scene to score cheap political point from their plight.
According to them, the only thing that the MP did a day after her humiliation was to buy four tipper trucks of gravel, which were heaped on a road, leaving people more stranded.
The flood, had engulfed the entire New Weija and its surrounding communities for some weeks now, rendering thousands of residents homeless and hungry. This happened as a result of the spillage of the Weija Dam by the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL).
So far, The Herald, gathered that three people have been killed by the flood in the Constituency. Their names were given as Agya Yao, security man and former worker of Pambros Salt Mining Company, a popular taxi driver in the community named Ahmed and another man whose name was not given.
The residents, spoke to The Herald last Saturday 14, when the 2012 parliamentary aspirant for the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), Madam Obuobia Darko-Opoku, toured the area to sympathize with the bereaved families and also donate some relief items to those displaced from her widow’s might.
Madam Oboubia Darko, who was mobbed by the residents, even inside the overflowing water, presented items worth several thousands of Ghana Cedis to the affected persons.
Moving from one community to the other, the acting Deputy Executive Director of Free Zones Board (FZB), donated mosquito nets, bags of rice, sugar, and maize, cooking oil, rubber bowls and buckets, 50bags of sachet water, among other things.
Madam Oboubia Darko, who walked through the flood, was heavily soaked with the water, as she toured each and every affected resident, accessing the situation and sympathizing with them over their loss.
She also made cash donations to each of the families who lost their bread winners. The two bodies, have since been retrieved and buried.
Many houses, were terribly submerged, toilets, as well as refuse dump, used by the residents around the community have also been washed away by the flood, posing serious threat of possible outbreak of diseases, especially cholera.
Madam Oboubia Darko, was accompanied by one Nii Ayi Mills, described as very hardworking man by the residents, who they said has been very supportive, helping them out of their plight.
The residents, however, kept wondering why both the assemblyman for the area, Abbossey Blay and their MP, Madam Rosemond Abrah are still nowhere to be found, to offer any help as at last Saturday, when the flood situation had gotten worse.
Note: See back page for pictures of Madam Obuobia’s visit to sympathize with the flood victims at Weija last Saturday.