A social action group, One Ghana Movement, is advocating for justice for persons who were affected in the June 3 twin disaster which happened at the Goil fuel station in Accra some two years ago.
Most of the families of the over 150 persons who lost their lives in the rain and fire explosion incident, as well as those who suffered several injuries on that fateful day, are yet to be fully compensated.
Some of the survivors who struggle to fend for themselves and their families have had to live with their scars and deformities two years on.
One Ghana Movement has however threatened a series of actions including resorting to the court if need be, in order to get justice and compensation for the victims.
Speaking at the launch of the One Ghana Movement in Accra on Friday, a member of the group, Lawyer Samson Lardy Ayenini, said they are ready to ensure that officials whose negligence led to the disaster are prosecuted.
“The pursuit of justice will not only result in fair compensation to victims and their families and punishment to those officials who are found culpable, but even more drive the sense of accountability and responsibility of citizens, corporate Ghana and public officials….Citizens shall be emboldened not to allow their rights and privileges to be trampled upon, for public servants and politicians shall realize that they will be held accountable for their actions and must give their optimum. One Ghana shall provide both legal and advocacy services to victims and their families to realize the project’s objectives,” he noted.
While calling for support from Ghanaians, Lawyer Ayenini also said they will not relent until justice is delivered to the victims because “we mean business.”
“In the coming weeks and months, we are starting full-fledged, anything that has to be done to ensure that the victims are compensated and this would include going to court if we have to use that resort to compel specific individuals, agencies and institutions to do what must be done,” he added.
A Justice of the Supreme Court, Jones Dotse, Dr. Joyce Aryee, a former C.E.O of the Ghana Chamber of Mines, Deputy Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah as well as other government functionaries and civil society organisations graced the launch of the One Ghana Movement.
By: Godwin Akweith Allotey/citifmonline.com/Ghana