Kintampo Disaster – YOFOWGH demands comprehensive safety audit of all tourist sites in Ghana

The Youth for Working Ghana (YOFOWGH) an amalgamation of young patriotic and progressive professionals is calling for a systematic and comprehensive response from the nation towards the plugging of what appears to be a gaping hole draining Ghana of its future leaders through unthinkable deaths.
The country for the past months has witnessed series of deaths including suicides, accidents and burnt markets.
The recent one been the Kintampo Waterfalls disaster which claimed the lives of twenty students of the Wenchi Senior High School (SHS), and the University of Energy and Natural Resource.
The group suggested that the audit should encompass training of tour guides, availability of safety and rescue equipment and installations, collaboration between tourist sites and institutions such as the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), security services and Ghana Meteorological Service.
In a statement signed by its convenor, Counsellor Sir Albert Krampah, it said ‘With all the pump and pageantry of the Ghana at sixty, let’s also pause and factor in a nationwide fasting and prayer service to seek the Lord’s face to heal our land and save us from further fatalities.
It is the position of YOFOWGH that we cannot keep losing our future leaders to needless and preventable deaths. A life lost to the nation is priceless and cannot be quantified‘.
Read details of YOFOWGH’s statement:
For urgent release to all media houses: From Youth for Working Ghana (YOFOWGH) Kintampo Disaster – YOFOWGH demands comprehensive safety audit of all tourist sites in Ghana.
The Youth for Working Ghana (YOFOWGH) an amalgamation of young patriotic and progressive professionals is calling for a systematic and comprehensive response from the nation towards the plugging of what appears to be a gaping hole draining Ghana of its future leaders through unthinkable deaths.
In the past five weeks, the number of young Ghanaians who have lost their lives through suicide, accidents and tragic situations transcends the normal and almost assumes an obnoxious turn of events.
In just fourteen days the nation witnessed ten suicide cases ranging from class five pupils in primary school who hanged themselves to the shocking occurrence of two young promising University female Students in the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and the University of Ghana taking their lives.
The latest case of a youthful person taking his life is an 18-year old man who shot himself to death Monday night at Sangnayili a remote community near Bimbila.
As if that was not enough, the country was hit with the tragic news of the Kintampo Water Fall .disaster which claimed the lives of twenty students of the Wenchi Senior High School, and the University of Energy and Natural Resource.
That same weekend, a level 100 student of the University for Development studies (UDS) Navrongo campus, Fuseni Mohammed Amin Saha was electrocuted to death while plucking mangoes with a metal rod on a tree on campus. Just when the country was mourning these deaths with the presidency and the legislature calling for investigations, news comes in that three children all boys between the ages of four and six drowned in an uncovered pit dug for the construction of a building at Ahotor a suburb of the Atebubu Township in the Brong Ahafo Region.
The Youth For Working Ghana believes these deaths can be attributed to both natural and uncontrollable circumstances and in some cases dereliction of duty on the part of both institutional and religious leaders of the country.
For the uncontrollable, we leave it to nature to blame. But for the incidents that are within our physical and spiritual purview to control; we are keen on seeing some action on the ground. YOFOWGH is backing calls from parliament for full investigations into safety standards (if any) at the Kintampo Water Falls tourist site.
This investigation according to Youth For Working Ghana should extend to all tourist sites in Ghana. We are fully aware of places like the Bosowtwe Lake where children on excursion go on boat rides without life jackets.
There have also been complaints of weak and shaky canopy walk ways in some tourist sites in the country. Youth for Working Ghana is further calling for an audit of all tourist centres in the country.
This audit should encompass the level of training of tour guides, availability of safety and rescue equipment and installations, the level of collaboration between tourist sites and institutions like the National Disaster Management Organisation, the security services and the Ghana Meteorological Service.
This report should fashion out remedies including training for tour guides, strengthening of safeguards for tourists and simulation exercises to beef up the preparedness of our tourist and recreational centres for emergency situations.
Youth For Working Ghana is also not oblivious of the spiritual. It will be the height of hypocrisy and shying away from the truth of life when we seek to ignore the various warnings given by prophets and well meaning men of God who have spoken of ominous premonitions hanging over our dear nation Ghana.
2 chronicle 7:14 states “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
Youth for Working Ghana identifies that this month is an independence month for the nation and an important one at that.
With all the pump and pageantry of the Ghana at sixty, let’s also pause and factor in a nationwide fasting and prayer service to seek the Lord’s face to heal our land and save us from further fatalities.
It is the position of YOFOWGH that we cannot keep losing our future leaders to needless and preventable deaths. A life lost to the nation is priceless and cannot be quantified.
The normal spiral of Ghanaians initiating talk shops when the worst has already happened is no longer pardonable. We trust that this does not become one of the incidents that end up dying a natural death and falling as a drop in the ocean of the anecdotal forgetful minds of Ghanaians. Ghana cannot only continue thinking of a roof when the rains begin falling. The nation must rise above this lackadaisical attitude where we leave everything to chance and just expect that nothing bad happens. We are sixty and matured enough to outgrow strolling in the park.
Youth For Working Ghana (YOFOWGH) is a (civil society organisation / development oriented pressure group) which comprises young professionals with wide array of expertise in different fields of endeavour congregated with a mission to contribute, assist, monitor and offer advice and constructive criticisms to progressive policies set by successive governments.
Our vision is to see a bright and prosperous future for our nation Ghana; where there is discipline and well planned and systematic growth for the present and future generations.
YOFOGH is pushing this agenda with SANKOFA Reform Movement.
Signed by the Convener: Counsellor Sir Albert Krampah
Mobile: 0202439439/0243334422
Sandrah Agyeman (Executive Member) 0248836419
check out some tourist sites:
File photo of Kakum canopy walk, Central Region
File image of Crocodile pond in Bolgatanga, Upper East region
file image of Aburi gardens, Eastern region
By: Ghana/Ultimatefmonline.com/106.9FM