A former Chairman for Asante Kotoko, Herbert Mensah believes Ghana is not well-positioned to deal effectively with any disaster seventeen years after the country’s emergency response services was exposed.
At the Accra Sports Stadium that fateful evening – Wednesday, the 9th of May 2001, some 127 football loving fans lost their lives after a league match between the country’s fiercest rivals Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko.
Mensah, who had to personally carry dead and unconscious bodies into the few ambulances and cars available after hundreds of football fans were caught up in a stampede after the Police fired tear-gas into the stands when a section of the fans began ripping off seats and hurling them unto the pitch, said this on the eve of the commemoration of the May 9th disaster.
Ghana was again exposed with the Accra circle floods and Atomic Gas explosion with our poor emergency response services, something Herbert Mensah serves ample evidence of Ghana’s unpreparedness for another disaster.
“I don’t think Ghana is ready for another disaster.
“We have struggled to even deal with natural disasters like flooding and it’s a pity little is been done with our emergency response agencies.”
“Our mentality as a people will have to change from the top to the very bottom of our society,” he stated.
A ceremony to commemorate the 17th anniversary of the May 9th disaster will be held at the forecourt of the Accra Sports Stadium on Wednesday.
By Benjamin Yamoah