Accra floods and explosion Gov’t must wake up from age-long slumber – NUGS

According to NUGS, the Wednesday flood that claimed over 100 lives could have been avoided if the authorities had not shunned their responsibilities.

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The National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) has charged government to be proactive and toil for the reason voted into power.

According to NUGS, the Wednesday flood that claimed over 100 lives could have been avoided if the authorities had not shunned their responsibilities.

Commiserating with the bereaved families, the mother body union of student unions charged authorities to “wake up from their age-long slumber in order to tackle such issues once and for all”.

NUGS in a statement said: “While commiserating with the bereaved families and friends, we wish to observe that this 'avoidable disaster' is only but a culmination of systemic failure in our country coupled with the shirking of responsibilities on the part of the relevant authorities and our governments in succession.

“We live in a State where laws are seen as enactments rather than enforcements. A nation that only laments over challenges and problems when they come but does very little to prevent possible future occurrence.

“The Union therefore wishes to use this opportunity to challenge authorities to wake up from their age-long slumber in order to tackle such issues once and for all. We must all be proactive and stop at nothing in enforcing our laws to the latter. The acidic culture of impunity must stop now. Like the president said, never again should the nation experience such havoc. We also wish to associate with government's declaration of three-days of national morning in memory of all the departed.”

It added: “We also implore all Ghanaians especially the youth and students to respond positively to the call by the Minister of Health to go to various hospitals and donate blood in order to help save lives.

“In the meantime, we wish to remind our fellow citizens that the Ghana Meteorological Department has again served notice of the possibility of more torrential rains in the coming days and weeks. We all must therefore take all the necessary precautionary measures to avoid falling victims while we also charge on the relevant authorities and laws enforcers to effectively discharge their mandates in this regard without fear or favour.”

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