Ministry inaugurates c’ttee to probe Circle fire disaster

Mr. Woyongo (third from left) with the  Committee members .                          Photo: Mercy Amparbeng

Mr. Woyongo (third from left) with the Committee members . Photo: Mercy Amparbeng

A FIVE-member committee was inaugurated in Accra, yesterday to investigate the fire disaster at the Goil Filling station at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Accra, which claimed scores of lives.

The committee, chaired by Justice Isaac Douse, a retired Appeal Court Judge, will, among others, investigate the possible causes of the June 3, fire disaster.

It will submit its report on June 30.

The committee will also give recommendations on how the country can prevent the recurrence of such disasters, and also assess the cost of damage.

The committee has also been mandated to submit any other recommendation, that it deems fit.

The Minister of the Interior, Mark Owen Woyongo, who inaugurated the committee, said Ghana suffered the worst-ever disaster in its history.

“We were visited by twin-disaster of fire outbreak at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle Goil Filling Station as well as flood, following a torrential rainfall,” he said.

The minister said the death toll was around 152 and property worth billions of cedis were destroyed.

He said the sad event had caused the nation, families, victims and other relatives losses difficult to comprehend.

“It is imperative that we find out what actually happened. This is not time for apportioning blame,” he stressed.

Mr Woyongo said there was the need to learn valuable lessons and put structures in place to ensure that the country did not encounter such a national mishap again.

He called on the public to provide useful information and suggestions to the committee to enable it to come out with meaningful recommendations.

The minister urged the media to desist from displaying pictures of charred bodies on their platforms, saying such practices would lead to bad memories.

Justice Douse thanked President John Dramani Mahama for the confidence reposed in members of the committee and assured that it would do all it could to accomplish the task assigned them.

The chairman called on the media to provide useful information such as pictures to help them in their investigations.

Other members of the committee are Colonel Mohammed Mustapha of the Ghana Armed Forces, Deputy Chief Fire Officer William Mensah of the Ghana National Fire Service, Mr Wise Ametefe, a Hydrologist Consult, and Chief Superintendent Raymond Simpi of the Ghana Police Service.

By Anita Nyarko and Dorcas Asante

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