Following last Wednesday’s downpour, with its accompanying havoc, many organizations have set up disaster funds to help the victims of the disaster. These include the bereaved families who lost loved ones, as well as the injured.
We highly commend all those who made time out of their busy schedules to join the President, John Dramani Mahama, and ex-presidents, Jerry John Rawlings and John Agyekum Kufuor to bid farewell to the fallen heroes, who lost their lives tragically on that day.
One man’s meat, is another man’s poison is a popular saying in Ghanaian parlance, this disaster has provided an opportunity for some unscrupulous persons and institutions to take advantage of the situation to make ill-gotten wealth.
We have seen in Ghana how disaster funds have been handled even by governments, who are accountable to the people. The May 9, 2001 disaster fund instituted by the ex-while John Agyekum Kufuopr government is still not accounted for, as questions are asked every year to commemorate the day.
If government can get away with monies meant for victims of disaster, who is out there to ensure that monies and donations by private institutions being collected will reach the intended beneficiaries.
We have laws regulating our everyday activity and actions, but we at The Herald, do not think they is any law on our statutory books regarding how monies raised from disaster funds should be disbursed, again there is no institution to check how much was realized and how the disbursement was done, except to leave it to the
conscience of the people managing the fund.
We will employ the Ministry of Finance and the Attorney- General’s Department to find out how much each institution, which seem to be growing by the day has raised and what criteria, will be used to disburse the money.
Virtually, all the radio and Television Stations in Ghana, have suddenly become Non-Governmental Agencies, and have all set up Disaster Funds, some of them the launch was preceded by fanfare, attended by dignitaries.