The June 3 Support Fund, an initiative of TV3 network Limited, spearheaded by Dr. Zenator Rawlings, was yesterday launched by former President John Agyekum Kufuor at a ceremony held at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle.
The fund, aimed at raising 10 million Ghana Cedis through special appeals in order to provide relief for Wednesday’s flood victims, an educational endowment fund for children of the victims, and subsequently, to champion a national campaign on disaster prevention and management.
The former President, John Agyekum Kufuor, who was also the guest speaker said the disaster was a sad reflection of the state of maintenance and the general lack of continuity in the governance process in the country.
“It is a sad reflection of the state of maintenance and the general lack of continuity in our development process as a nation that has brought us where we are today.” he said.
The causes of the flood, he said, were not new to the country explaining that it could be trace to the pre-independence era.
He applauded efforts of past governments in dealing with the challenges, but was quick to add that, last Wednesday’s flood revealed there was still work to be done.
“The events of last week clearly and shamefully have exposed the nation to not having done enough to achieve a sustainable solution,” he said.
He also called on professional institutions like the Institution of Engineers, architects, town planners to educate Ghanaians on the need to do the “proper thing” when putting up structures, in order to mitigate the effects of flooding in the future.
Dr. Zenator Rawlings, the Ambassador of the Fund, entreated the national leadership to revisit the original master plan of Accra, because she believed the capital city had one.
The Fund, she said, aimed at engaging government and the people in a collaborative effort in fighting future disasters and, where possible, help provide preventive measures to forestall such happenings in the future.
She appealed to Ghanaians to avoid politicising national issues, so that the nation would find common solutions to its numerous challenges.
A seed money of GH ¢10,000 was realised so far and deposited into the Fund.
Dr. Rawlings appealed to individuals and organisations to make their donations into account number, 000250100039-781 at the Universal Merchant Bank or account number 2110121963814 of Unibank.
Dignitaries present at the ceremony were, former First Lady, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings, founder and leader of Perez Chapel, Bishop Agyin Asare, the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, former world boxing champion, Azumah Nelson, President, Bice Osei Kufour,the President of the Musicians Union of Ghana and many other celebrities.
By Felix Akaho Junior and Tryphena Yeboah