Stars, GFA visit site of explosion

GFA president Kwesi Nyantekyi (second from right) and Sports Minister, Dr. Ahmed (middle) were the players

GFA president Kwesi Nyantekyi (second from right) and Sports Minister, Dr. Ahmed (middle) were the players

The Ghana Football Association (GFA), Ministry of Youth and Sports and the management and playing body of the Black Stars yesterday visited the Goil Filling station at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle where last Wednesday’s flood and explosion disaster occurred.

The visit was to express sympathy to families of the over 150 people who lost their lives during the incident.

The GFA boss, president, Kwesi Nyantekyi, Minister of Youth and Sports, Mustapha Ahmed and Captain of the Black Stars, Asamoah Gyan, laid wreaths at the disaster grounds.

Mr. Nyantekyi said, “We are all mourning and wish to express solidarity to the families of the deceased persons and pray such an incident does not occur again.

The sector Minister, Mustapha Ahmed, said it was important for the Black Stars to come over to express sympathy since they were in town for the AFCON qualifier against Maritius on Saturday.

He added that they would visit the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) to provide them with relief items to be presented to the affected people.

When players arrived, people struggled with police to catch a glimpse of them, and media persons were heckled in their attempt to perform their duties.

For a nation that has lost many souls due to disaster, one would have expected some serenity and a sober atmosphere where authorities would be allowed to perform their duties well to ensure law and order.

But for the insistence of the police, a stampede would have occurred at the same venue of the disaster.

By Michael D. Abayateye

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