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General News of Friday, 3 June 2016


Ghana remembers June 3 disaster

Ghana will on Friday, June 3 hold a memorial service in the heart of the country's capital, Accra to mark the day when some Ghanaians of all walks of life lost their lives.

The grand service is scheduled to take place at the Rev. Ernest Bruce Memorial Methodist Church at Adabraka in Accra.

President John Dramani Mahama, ministers, functionaries of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), and some officials of the opposition political parties are expected to join the Accra City authority and survivors at the function to mark the day.

Exactly a year today [June 3, 2015] the nation woke up to what has largely been described as the greatest tragedy in the history of the country.

A combined effort of flooding and fire explosion from the Goil Filling Station at the Kwame Nkrumah resulted in the death of an estimated 154 Ghanaians. Nurses, teachers, artisans, bankers, students, and children were among the people who lost their lives that fateful day.

Meanwhile, the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Dr Alfred Oko Vanderpuiye has expressed confidence in the city to withstand flooding in the future.

At a news conference on June 1, the AM boss said considering dredging activities on-going on the Odaw river and the Korle Lagoon among other measures being put in place, the city is in a better position than it was when the disaster struck in 2015.