Hon. Ahmed Ibrahim, Deputy Minority Chief Whip in Parliament, has described a committee report that attributed the Kintampo Waterfalls Disaster, which claimed 21 lives to an “act of God” as very unfortunate.
The Member of Parliament for Banda said considering the sequence of recommendations captured in the committee’s report submitted on the floor of parliament by the Minister Tourism, there are no indications that support the argument made by the committee that the disaster that took place at the waterfalls was an “act of God.”
Speaking during an interview on an Accra-based radio station ‘Okay Fm,’ yesterday, Hon. Ibrahim noted that after visiting the Kintampo Waterfalls, following the disaster to have a fair idea of what really was the cause of the incident, he came to realize that there was a lot of work to be done to improve the safety measures at the recreational centre and had there been in place such well-coordinated safety measures in place at the Kintampo Waterfalls there would not have been any disaster.
He argued that if indeed the incident was an “act of God” why would the Tourism Ministry then shut down the centre for it to be reopened sometime in September this year, saying “This means there is work to be done there.
He then lauded the Minister of Tourism for her efforts in bringing out the report for consideration by both members of the House and called for close collaboration between the majority and minority groups of the House to help address and find solutions to numerous issues confronting Ghanaians.
The report concluded that although this was an “act of God,” a number of remote and immediate causes were identified as being instrumental to the accident.
It further mentioned a lack of focus on public safety responsibility, a lack of adequate training and supervision of personnel, poor environmental management factors and impact of encroachers on the area which has exposed the soil to major erosion and made trees weak and vulnerable as some of the major causes that contributed to the disaster.
The disaster, which occurred at the Kintampo Waterfalls following a heavy rainstorm on Sunday, March 19, this year, claimed over 21 lives with most of the victims being students from the Wenchi Senior High School. The tourist site was closed down, while a committee was set up by government to probe the cause of the disaster.