Gov’t sets up 5-member committee to look into Goil fire disaster

Government has set up yet another committee to look into the June 3 fire outbreak at the Goil Fuel Station at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle that claimed over 100 lives.

The 5-member committee, which was inaugurated on Tuesday June 16, and is expected to finish its work by June 30th, approximately two weeks.

The committee to be chaired by retired Justice Isaac Delali Douse, was set up on the instructions of President John Dramani Mahama, according to Interior Minister Mark Wayongo.

On Wednesday 3rd June2015, Ghana was hit by one of its worst disasters in recent years.

A severe flood that hit the capital, Accra, after several hours of rain, was worsened when persons who were seeking refuge at the Goil Fuel station were burnt following a fire explosion.

Out of the 152 lives lost in both the floods and fire, about 102  of the persons are said to have been killed by the fire.

Several others are also been treated at the hospital for different degrees of burns.

Property worth millions of cedis were also destroyed by the fire.

Government has already footed the bills for injured persons at the hospital while efforts are being made to offer relief items to displaced persons particularly in the floods.

Interior Minister Mark Wayongo says the committee is also expected to make recommendations on how the country can prevent the recurrence of such disasters.

The Minister entreated the public to assist the committee with useful information and suggestions to enable them come up with meaningful recommendations.

The chairman of the five member committee is optimistic valuable lessons would be learnt put in place structures to ensure such mishaps do not recur.

Other members of the committee are Mr. Wise Ametepe, a Hydrologist, DCFO William Jesse Mensah of the Fire Service, colonel Mohammed Mustapha and chief supt. Raymond Simpi.

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Successive governments have often been criticized for setting up committees whose responsibilities can equally be carried out by existing mandated state institutions.

Such committees are often accused of wasting state resources since their recommendations are often not implemented.


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