Mr Speaker, my good Friend just prepared his questions and answered them himself. I never referred to NADMO forecasting. I talked about Meteorological Services Department and I am also talking about the response of NADMO to the current flood situation, not what they wrote some time ago as to what will happen this year.
Mr Speaker, as I said, NADMO is on the ground now trying to ease up and relieve the pain and anguish of the people who are victims of the flood. We were together with His Excellency the President, my Colleague the Hon Minister for Roads and Highways and the Hon Minister for Local Government and Rural Development together with the NADMO officials and we toured the various areas affected and tried sharing a few things and a few ideas with them.
Mr Speaker, when we got to Swedru, it was really a very sad scene. Swedru is a shadow of itself now and really, it is a national disaster I want to appeal to other agencies to come to assist and restore the completely demolished and collapsed Swedru town.
It is a pity even though Government had planned and, in fact had awarded a lot of contracts for the draining and desilting of our drains and waterways, that is still not sufficient. I think we need, as a country, to be given more resources for us to be able to plan and create some space for water that is unwanted to get to the sea.
So Hon Members should be assured that some action is being taken and we want more Hon Members of Parliament to get involved. This is because education is more acceptable, it is more effective when it comes, particularly, from both sides of the political divide and we would want to call on Hon Members to assist us pass on the message.
It is not an issue now of the demolition.
Even though that has been raised and some people thought that because some of the debris were not collected, the flood water managed to carry all away and that is what has led to the closure of the culvert at the Sakumono Lagoon.
So, Mr Speaker, I think we may have to
come another day to give a comprehensive Statement on the situation on the ground and the efforts that the Ministry, together with other agencies are taking to be able to contain the situation. This year, we are told that the rains are going to be heavy and therefore, we need to start making hay while the sun shines.
I thank Mr Speaker for the opportunity.
Minority Leader (Mr Osei Kyei-
Mensah-Bonsu): Mr Speaker, I thought you were going to give us some latitude before calling the Hon Minister to - This is because these are very serious events and I thought that, maybe, if you had allowed a couple of Hon Members to speak before allowing the Hon Minister, I believe, we would have done justice to -
But I recognise the way the Hon Minister responsible for Water Resources, Works and Housing concluded when he said that, it may become necessary for him to come back to this House with a fuller - [Interruption.] We would insist that it is necessary. The Hon Member for Sekondi, that is what he said.
Mr Speaker, this is a real national emergency. We recognise the fact that it is not possible to make a good forecast of these events such that as a nation, we would be prepared for any such eventuality and when such events happen, they should not be politicised.
I remember in 2001 when these events happened and bridges collapsed, the bridge close to the house of the Hon Member for New Juaben North, Mr Owusu-Agyemang collapsed and those of us who were trapped behind, found it difficult to connect to Accra that very morning --