The Municipal Chief Executive also Chairman of the Municipal Security Council (MUSEC) of Abuakwa North, Honourable Umar Barbs Bodinga (Alhaji) together with MUSEC members, made up of the Police, Fire Service , National Intelligence Bureau (NIB) and National Disaster Management, have on today 2nd February, 2022 proceeded to the scene of yesterday’s inferno to sympathize with the affected persons, access the damage caused and Government’s commitment in supporting them.
The Municipal Chief Executive at the sideline of the visit, mentioned to Nana Kwasi Asare that, the incident is very unfortunate and on behalf of the President, Nana Akufo-Addo, the Member of Parliament for Abuakwa North, Honourable Gifty Twum-Ampofo and the Municipal Assembly, commiserates with the affected persons and assures them of Government’s rapid response and support.
” I heard the devastating news yesterday evening during a working visit to Cape Coast through two separate calls, first from the Assemblyman, Hon Seth Adu followed by that of Mr Stephen Osei-Wusu, NADMO Director.
I quickly called the Koforidua Fire Station for assistance since the Bunsu fire tender is faulty.
The Fire Officers responded rapidly rushed to the scene but I learnt at the scene today that, some miscreants hurled stones at the Officers on their arrival for a reason best known to them. A situation that delayed the officers for over seven minutes before they could start bringing the inferno off.
A situation I wholeheartedly condemn. Akyem Osiem has always been peaceful with prominent people like Prof Adu Boahen, our first flagbearer.
Not under my watch as MCE will I sit aloof, to breed rioters. I have therefore asked the family heads to identify and deal with the supposed miscreants accordingly.
Concerning the fire victims, the Honourable Member of Parliament the Assembly and myself on behalf of the Central Government, are ready to do our part. A lot of consultations and deliberations have been made.
I have instructed the NADMO to expedite their damage assessment report for onwards processing.
I hereby commiserate with the victims and assure them of the Assembly and Government’s commitment in having the situation fixed as soon as possible.
I thank the Almighty Allah that no life was lost, also to the Ghana Fire Service, the Police, NIB, NADMO and everyone, for their swift contributions to avert the situation.” Said Hon Umar Barbs Bodinga (Alhaji).
We therefore, appeal to Civil Society Groups, NGOs, Business World and all well meaning individuals for their support.
Over forty (40) residents and business owners are displaced at Akyem Osiem, Afigya, as fire razes completely three conjoined thatch houses.
According to an eyewitness, the fire started around 5:30 pm today 1st February, 2022 from one of the houses and spread rapidly to the others.
It took the Anyinam, Kibi and Koforidua Fire Service about four (4) hours to bring the inferno down.
In all, fifteen (15) rooms and four (4) shops were razed down with thousands of Ghana Cedis property loss and no mortality.
Ghana Fire service are still on the field investigating the cause of the raze.