The Superintendent of the Ashanti East Region of the Assemblies of God Church, Reverend Dr John Richard Nkrumah has asked Ghanaians to desist from apportioning blame to particular leaders or agencies for being the cause of the flood and explosion at the Goil fuel station that claimed over one hundred and fifty lives on Wednesday June 3.
According to him, no single individual should be blamed for the disaster, but from the top to down, all should bear the responsibility of failing to act in the interest of the country.
Following the torrential rains on Wednesday June 3, coupled with the explosion at Goil fuel filling station which caught fire at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle, it was feared that about two hundred persons lost their lives.
“All manner of persons who failed to discharge their duties were the cause of the heaviest flood we have seen in recent times,” he said.
The Rev. Minister stressed that “the President, Ministers of State, Members of Parliament, clergy, personnel from Town and Country Planning, those at the Environmental Protection Agency, the affluent people in society and the entire citizenry should be blamed for the disaster.”
Rev. Dr. Nkrumah, who is also the Ashanti regional treasurer of the church sharing his sadness about the number of lives that perished in the flood, was of the view that if pragmatic measures were put in place to pull down structures to pave the way for easy flowing water the disaster would have been avoided.
He said the sad event should serve as a wake-up call to all to bear in mind that no one can cheat nature.
“God in his wisdom separated the wetlands from the dry ones in order to protect lives, but because of our craving for wealth without taking precautionary measures, we are destroying the work of God which has culminated in the lost of huge numbers of lives,” he observed .
He wondered why a few affluent persons are persistently turning lands that serve as water ways into fuel filling stations and residential areas.
“Ghana is blessed with beautiful natural vegetation with fresh rivulets that flow to fill major water bodies, but all these are rapidly been destroyed in the name development,” he noted.
He expressed concern that if no immediate steps are taken, the country in the not too distant future would face acute water shortage.
Rev. Dr. Nkrumah called on the citizens to contribute their quota in supporting the surviving victims of the disaster.
“We must all contribute our quota to support our brothers and sisters who sustained degrees of injuries as a result of the flood and explosion,” he appealed.
Source: Daily Heritage
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