From Samuel Mensah Torbizo, Kumasi
Reverend Doctor John Richard Nkrumah, The Superintendent of the Ashanti East Region of the Assemblies of God Church, has asked Ghanaians to desist from apportioning blame to particular leader or agency for being the cause of the flood and the explosion at the fuel station that claimed large number of people on Wednesday June 3.
He was emphatic that no single individual should be blamed for the disaster, but it should be a collective responsibility on the part of every citizen for failing to act in the interest of the country.
Following the torrential rain on Wednesday June 3, coupled with the explosion of a fuel filling which caught fire at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle, it was feared that more than one hundred persons lost their lives.
“All manner of persons who failed to discharge their duties, were the cause of the heaviest flood we have witnessed in recent times,” he said.
The Reverend Minister stressed, “The President, Ministers of state, Members of Parliament, the clergy, personnel from Town and Country Planning department, those at the Environmental Protection Agency, and the entire citizenry, should be blamed for the disaster”.
Rev. Dr. Nkrumah, who is also the Ashanti regional treasurer of the church, in sharing his sadness on 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 flow of water, these disasters could be avoided.
He said, the sad event should serve as a wakeup call for all to bear in mind that, no one can cheat nature.
“God in his wisdom, separated the wet lands from the dry ones, in order to protect lives, but because of our want for wealth without taking precaution, we are destroying the work of God, which has culminated in the loss of huge number of lives,” he observed .
He wondered why the few affluent persons are wantonly turning lands that serve as water ways to 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 being destroyed in the name of development,” he noted.
He expressed concerns that if no immediate steps are curved to remedy the situation, the country in not too distant future, would be faced with acute water shortage.
Rev. Dr. Nkrumah, however, called on the citizens to contribute their widow’s mite to support the surviving victims from the disaster.
“We must all contribute to support our brothers and sisters, who sustained various degree of injuries as a result of the flood and the explosion,” he appealed.