ASONABA WRITES: THE UNFORGETTABLE MEMORY OF MY BELOVED COUNTRY
Asonaba Kwadwo Nomafo Duku: Founder: Asonaba Foundation and a renowned Broadcast Journalist of Agoo 96.9 fm (EIB Network) (A minute silent for the departed souls)
Seconds Will Go
Minutes Shall Come
Hours Will Pass Over
Weeks Will Be Counted
Months Shall Come
Years Will Go
But the memorable day of the sorrow moment will never be forgotten. It is exactly 165 days today (one year now) when the state of the country was put into moment of shock, the moment of agony, the moment of fear and the state of sorrow. When the country was bathed by the blood of the innocent children and the tears of the victimized relatives. Their cries will never be forgotten, the pains will never diminish whiles the black doom day and the red bandana could never be abandoned to comfort the fear of my country and the panic of the witness soul.
June 3rd 2015 a black day, the red memory of the comforter, Ghana lost over one hundred citizens who were hard working and able energetic youths who could have in one way or the other lifted the flag of the country higher and this is an unforgettable day for my beloved country.
The capital city of Ghana was hit by torrential rains last year June 3rd that led to flooding of many households, yet the worst disaster was not even the rain.
When Fire engulfed a GOIL filling station at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle last year, it speeded to adjoining buildings and leading to the deaths of 152 Ghanaians. Most of the victims were seeking shelter there from the rain, which made most of the capital inaccessible and left many stranded miles from their places of abode.
Oh! My beloved country when this memory will be eradicated from our lives since we live with the relatives of these departed souls. As the customs demand in the traditional believe of my country, we remember these departed souls and our hearts are down and broken by the storms of this unforgettable day.
This is not the first time the country has been hit with such a tragedy since may 9th has also been engulfing our memory with fear and panic when over hundreds of people died in a stadium stampede during a match between Asante Kotoko and Accra Hearts of Oak. July 24th is also another tragic day when death put his icy hands on our sitting President John Evans Fiifi Atta Mills.
Hmm! May God Save Ghana; the unforgettable memory of my beloved country.
But the question that I keep asking myself is; could we as a country prevent these disasters? The answer lies in the bosom of our leaders. What has the authorities who have been mandated to have oversight responsibilities of these doing?
Most of the reasons of the flood are due to the poor sanitation and drainage system of the country. Accra is the capital city of Ghana but it is has been counted as one of the dirtiest cities in the country. Now where is the report of the committee set to investigate the disaster? What recommendations were given to prevent any related future happenings? What measures have been put in place to execute those recommendations? It is very painful when the “short memory” of the people in my beloved country has been taken for granted.
As it stands now, the recommendations by the may 9th disaster committee has not been implemented, the cause of our president death is still not known and I believe very soon, the unforgettable memory of my beloved country will be taken off the lane whiles the memory is still a mourning of the people.
President John Dramani Mahama during the national memorable day for the victims said “It would be ironic and perhaps, some might even say, a bit unwise, for me to stand before you this morning—just as I am to deliver a speech—and admit that I am at a loss for words. But that is precisely what I am doing, because it is the truth.”
Former Presidents John Rawlings and John Kufuor have called for a well coordinated effort to support the victims of the flood and fire disaster.
Speaking at a memorial service to remember the 152 lost lives, the two former Presidents decried the accident and also urged for support for families of the victims.
I personally believe this could have been prevented if Ghanaians had stopped depositing refuse in gutters and other unwarranted places. The government should also help distilling the drainage system in the country. Let us help ourselves to develop the country because you and I are the government of this beloved country.
May Their Souls Rest In Perfect Peace
By: Asonaba Kwadwo Nomafo Duku, Senior Journalist of Agoo Fm under EIB Network