The Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council has noted that successive governments have failed to deal with the issue of flooding in the country.
The group said this could be attributed to the failure on the part of the citizens to demand that dutybearers work to address the problem.
A statement issued and signed by Rev. Emmanuel T. Barrigah, General Secretary of GPCC, said: “The Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council expresses its deepest condolences to the families of the deceased victims of last Tuesday’s (9 June 2020) Accra flooding. The Council also wishes the injured a very speedy recovery”.
“It is the position of the Council that the perennial Accra flooding is gradually becoming an annual ‘normal’ phenomenon, with governments, over the last three decades, paying lip-service to the problem”, the statement said.
“After the June 3, 2015 Accra twin disaster of flood and firet killed over 150 people, we were told by the authorities then that ‘never again’ would Accra experience such floods. Once again, nothing structurally has taken place five years on. The situation seems to be going from bad to worse”, GPCC observed.
It said: “As Ghanaians, we seem not to be angry enough with ourselves and with the people we have elected, placed in authority of trust and paid over the years to find solutions to these non-rocket science problems”.
“While calling on the government and all relevant state agencies to, as a matter of urgency, endeavour to be alive to their responsibilities by strictly enforcing the relevant laws against the siting of unauthorised buildings and structures on waterways”, the Council noted that there was the need for “supervision of the construction of substandard drains in flood-prone areas”.
Likewise, the Council “calls on all Ghanaians to live up to our civic responsibilities by stopping the indiscriminate littering of the drains with refuse, especially plastic waste”.