The Danquah Institute has charged the Akufo-Addo led NPP government to work assiduously to ensure that the frequent fire outbreaks and gas explosions, as well as the annual flooding are dealt with to the benefit of the country and citizenry.
”This situation has worsened in these recent times, and it appears nothing significant is being done, in particular, to address the frequently occurring artificial disasters that affect us almost always.”
A press release signed by the executive secretary, Dr. Kingsley Nyarko noted that ”as humans, we cannot prevent natural disasters from happening; we cannot stop the rains, but we can put in interventions to prevent or minimize their impact upon their occurrence.”
According to him, our leaders have failed put in interventions to prevent or minimize the impact of artificial disasters that affect us almost always, leading to needless and preventable deaths and losses in the country.
The release called on government to ensure that the right interventions are put in place, existing rules and regulations are followed and enforced, and negligent leaders are made accountable to their actions and inactions.
”If we want to do something to avert these worrying occurrences in the country, it must be now or never. This is not the time for promises, neither is it the time for political rhetoric, but the time for action, the time to fix the challenges in our environment,” it added.
The institute charged authorities assigned the responsibility of protecting the environment to justify the trust reposed in them, that is to prove that they are up to their assigned mandate, and removed when they fail.
”Is it not time for us to start holding our leaders accountable to their offices? Is it not time for us to hold our Metropolitan/Municipal/District Chief Executives and other duty-bearers accountable to their offices? When we start relieving duty-bearers of their responsibilities for want of action or negligence, we shall be making progress,” it said.
It however noted this as one of the surest ways of ensuring that these man-made disasters are handled in such a way that our human and material losses are reduced to the barest minimum, if not eradicated.