The national mourning of those who died in the floods which hit various parts of Accra, and the inferno at the Goil Filling Station at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle, last week, ended officially, yesterday.

It was climaxed with a Memorial Service at the forecourt of the State House, with the President, John Mahama, in attendance, together with leaders of the major religions in the country, political parties, government officials, the bereaved families, friends and the general public.

Although the mourning is officially over, in our hearts we would still be in mourning, because we hold our departed kinsmen and women dear, trusting very well that they would have been alive if the nation had taken the perennial flooding of Accra seriously, and found an antidote to it.

We wish them a peaceful repose with their Maker.

As we move on, the Times believes we must take a collective decision to protect our environment and avert future calamities and catastrophes. It should not be life as usual.

Indeed, last Wednesday’s calamity should be a wake-up call for all of us to do the right things, henceforth.

Instead of playing the blame game, we should accept that we are all part of the problem, and collectively take the necessary steps to remedy the situation now and the years ahead, to ensure that the country is not brought to its knees again.

Engineers and technocrats must use their expertise to find solutions to the perennial floods. We are cocksure the nation has such engineers and contractors capable of dealing with the problem, and we know they would not fail us.

As the Reverend Eastwood Anaba suggested, we should not hesitate in seek external help, if necessary. Ghana belongs to the comity of nations, so it would not be out of place, asking others to come to our aid, to help us out of misfortunes which befall us.

Never again should this nation suffer misfortune and tragedies such as befell it that Black Wednesday!

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