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Some June 3 survivors angry over lack of gov’t support


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Some victims of the June 3 disaster say they are yet to receive financial and other support from government 12 months after the catastrophe.

Government indicated that GHȻ4 million have been earmarked to survivors and relatives of the victims of the fire and flood incident that claimed over 150 lives, however, reports of neglect from survivors are common.

The Gender and Social Protection Minister promised that GHȻ100 will be paid to selected households for the next three months.

The Ministry revealed that some 8,000 households in the Greater Accra, Western, Ashanti, Volta and Central regions have been identified for assistance but information on the progress of this project is hard to access.

During a national commemoration of the catastrophe on Friday June 3, 2016 a survivor expressed sadness over government neglect for the last 12 months.

Emmanuel Owusu told Adom TV a year after the disaster he has not received any assistance from government, hurling curses at the Presidency for being neglected.

Another survivor, 34-year-old Alex Mensah, who is the only survivor among eight other colleague drivers who were caught up in the disaster, says he has not received assistane despite suffering severe burns on his legs, hands, face and eyes.

“At the moment, I am being asked to buy some medicine for the eye but unfortunately, times are hard for me and I am unable to buy them. I am not working and my wife too is not working, our three children have been forced out of school because we cannot afford their fees and the other daily expenses on them,” he told the Daily Graphic newspaper.

However, speaking on Joint Caucus on Multi TV Friday, MP for Adaklu, Kwame Agbodza, said he feels the pain of the survivors, but notes that it would be impossible to compensate everyone.

He urged businesses especially to take insuring against their properties seriously.

“When you have your shop at Agbogloshie, it is your investment. it is your job to insure your investment,” he said.