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Gov't should take responsibility - NPP

This comes on the wake of the commemoration of the June 3 flood and fire disaster which claimed about 169 lives last year.

 
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His comment comes on the wake of the commemoration of the June 3 flood and fire disaster which claimed about 169 lives last year.

As a form of cash support from government, the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has given about 25 families of the victims of the June 3 flood and fire disaster GH¢10,000 per head.

So far, 71 families have received cash support from government. The Mayor said other dependents will soon get financial support as soon as the Assembly is able to identify bodies that are still at the morgue.

But, in an interview with Pulse.com.gh, Mr. Okudzeto said government could have done better.

“...If you have hundreds of people who have been displaced and you go and give them 10,000 for hospital bills and it ends there?”, the NPP’s Deputy communications director asked.

According to him, the problem is not with how much to give as compensation, but how to find an amicable solution to the flooding menace.

He believes the flyovers at the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange is the cause of the persistent floods around the area.

“The issue is that a disaster has taken place. There is a government in power. A government has contracted a contractor to build a flyover that has blocked drainage and causing the nation 200 lives. So the government should take responsibility and do something about it,” he added.

The project which is being undertaken by M/S Queiroz Galvao Constucao from Brazil, is to facilitate traffic flow and help control flooding in the area.

But many have said that the flyovers, which lack effective drainage system, have rather caused an inconvenience for motorists and might cause a disaster any time it rains in the near future.

So far, only 30 per cent of work has been done dredging the Odaw drain and Korle Lagoon, one year after disaster.

But the Mayor has assured that his outfit has put in place measures to ensure that such a disaster does not repeat itself.

Meanwhile, in commemoration of the June 3 disaster, a non-denominational service would be held on Friday at the Ernest Bruce Memorial Methodist Church at Adabraka for the departed souls, which will be followed by a wreath-laying ceremony.

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