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Northerners in a Crisis Meeting


2007-09-24 20:11:46
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NORTHERNERS resident in Accra are to meet next Sunday, September 30, to come up with strategies to help the flood victims in the three northern regions as well as long-term plans to repair the devastation caused.

The meeting, being mooted by some concerned individual northern citizens, will be held at the GBC Club House, near Flagstaff House.

The meeting is prompted by concern about the unprecedented havoc the recent floods have caused in the three northern regions — Upper East, Upper West and the North.

A source close to the conveners said the group is appreciative of the immense efforts of the government, the international community, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and individuals to help the affected communities.
"We know that the government is doing a great deal for our people but we must also be seen to be doing something ourselves to reduce the burden on the government and others," the source said.

"We have people in the North who can offer their services in various areas to reduce the burden on government," the source said.

"We have people with the expertise in financial management, construction, agriculture health and education, and it is at the scheduled meeting that we hope to build a data bank of those resource persons to confront the situation more effectively.

"It is an open meeting, not organised by any political party. It is about the North and what we can do for our brothers and sisters in the north."

The meeting will also look at long term development and strategic agenda for the three northern regions.

The three northern regions have been inundated with rainstorms since August.

In the wake of the prolonged rainstorms, more than 50,000 people affected by the floods have appealed to relief organisations, philanthropists and the international community for help.

During a visit to the three northern regions, on September 11, President J.A. Kufuor declared them a Disaster Zones.

The President then set up an Emergency Task Force to work out contingency plans to forestall future occurrences while measures are put in place to deal with the expected famine.

A 20-member assessment team which toured the regions this week to assess the impact of the flood situation, confirmed 15 deaths, 12,844 houses washed away and some 140 people rendered homeless from 90 communities.

source: Times

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