Editor's Note: The Progressive People's Party (PPP) is one of the political parties in Ghana. In a statement signed by the party's national secretary, Murtala Mohammed, the PPP wants the government and the Accra Metropolitan Assembly to render account on how monies from the June 3 disaster management fund, set up by government to support families of the victims were disbursed.
"Government must provide a detailed account on the total amount accumulated by the fund."
The statement also opined that one year on after the twin disaster Ghanaians, authorities and government have all learnt lessons in other that such a calamity will not happen again.
PPP Commiserate with the families of the June 3 disaster victims after one year
Today is exactly one year since the June 3 Kwame Nkrumah Circle disaster which claimed the lives of over 160 innocent Ghanaians. The combined tragedy of floods and gas explosion which snuffed away loved relations plunged the country into a state of mourning and despair that has imprinted an indelible mark on our minds.
Indeed, today is a sad day, and we don’t intend to add salt to injury by reminding families of the victims of the June 3 disaster about their loved ones who lost their lives. However, it is important that we remember these gallant Men and Women, celebrate them, and ask after one year of such horrible incident, have we learnt our lessons? Have we found out the causes and its relative solutions?
We know, city authorities are aware of the fact that, human activities such as indiscriminate dumping of refuse, siting of buildings along waterways, and the growth of slums on marginal lands or waterways are major causes of flooding in Accra. Apart from human activities, engineered drains are insufficient, small and improperly channeled. Most of them do not meet the city’s requirement. Do we have institutions responsible for ensuring that illegal structures along waterways are demolished? Do we have institutions to ensure that drainage systems are properly constructed? Who awards the contracts? Why do city authorities sit aloof for the city to flood when they know the causes? Does it show incompetence on the part of our city authorities?
It seems we are not making headway as a people. Barely a year after the June 3 disaster, Accra has experienced two separate floods in the month of May. This is a clear indication that we have not learnt our lessons, and city authorities are also not up to the task. Adequate flood preparedness and mitigation scheme don’t seem to exist. What have city authorities done since the occurrence of the June 3 disaster? Are city authorities waiting for another disaster before they put their acts together? Are there not ways to deal with floods once and for all? Why must people of Ghana suffer these avoidable disasters? We demand Government put in place stringent and professional measures to deal with flooding.
We are also by this statement, calling on Government and the Accra Metropolitan Assembly to render account on how monies from the June 3 disaster management fund, set up by Government to support families of the victims were disbursed. Government must provide a detailed account on the total amount accumulated by the fund.
The Progressive People’s Party commiserate with the families of the June 3 disaster. We want to state that we share your pain, and our thoughts are with you. May Almighty God replenish whatever you lost in a thousand-folds. Never again must we allow such unfortunate situation to rear its ugly head in this country.