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94-year-old Man Involved In Construction of Akosombo Dam Lives Without Electricity - Gender Minister Designate Goes To His Aid   
 
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17-Oct-2018  
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The Minister designate for Gender, Children and Social Protection and MP for Agona West, Hon Cynthia Morrison today put smiles on the face of 94-year-old Mr Jacob Gao Laryea who was involved in the construction of the Akosombo dam under the government of President Dr Kwame Nkrumah.

The old man, Jacob Gao Laryea who has four children, lives alone in a chamber and hall room in a house belonging to his late sister at Teshie Mana Road in Accra without electricity in his room, though he worked as a labourer during the construction of the dam where electricity is generated for the country.

Speaking to Peace FM in an interview when the Minister visited him and gave him some support, Mr Jacob Gao Laryea said he can't hear from his left ear, there are worms in his body and sometimes experiences some strange movements in his body as some of the effects of working on the dam.

According to him health experts then, gave notice about the dangers workers will experience 12 years after stepping in the dam to work but he sacrificed his safety in the interest of mother Ghana.

Mr Laryea appealed to government for medical help.

He said one of her desires is to meet President Nana Akufo-Addo before joining his ancestors one day.

Hon Cynthia Morrison personally cleared all the things in Mr Laryea's room and provided new ones such as bed, mattress, fan, television, cooking utensils and also connected electricity to his room and gave him some money.

In an interview with Peace FM, Hon Cynthia Morrison said she was very touched when she learnt about the plight of Mr Jacob Gap Laryea who rendered important service to the nation and therefore decided to help him.

She promised to give Mr Laryea medical care and also ensure that he benefits from the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) if her nomination is approved by Parliament and sworn into office.

 
 
Source: Emmanuel Akorl/Parliamentary Correspondent, Peace FM
 
 

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