4 February 2013

Ghana: MPs Call for Public Education

Members of Parliament (MP) yesterday called for public education on fire control measures to help cut down on damage to properties and lives. In the past weeks, the country had seen continuous fire outbreaks, which has resulted in the loss of goods worth millions of Ghana cedi.

Some of the affected areas were BBC Industrial Company at Tema, Kumasi market, ECOMOG a slum at Kwame Nkrumah Circle, just to mention a few.

The call follows statement made on the floor of the House by both the New Patriotic Party (NPP) MP for Tema West, Hon. Daniel Titus-Glover and National Democratic Congress (NDC) MP for Bortianor-Ngleshie Amanfro, Hon. Bright Edward Kodzo yesterday.

According to the two MPs, the time has come for the government to do more in managing fire outbreaks to protect the good people of Ghana. They noted that fire outbreaks have rendered most Ghanaians jobless and homeless.

Hon. Daniel Titus-Glover further appealed to the government to equip personnel of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) with better equipment like a helicopter to help them fully perform their duties.

First to add his voice to the statement was the MP for Nsawam-Adoagyiri, Kwame Anyimadu-Antwi who stated that government should invest more in ensuring the control of fire outbreak. He grieved over farmers who sometimes lost their farm produce without getting any support from the government.

On her part the MP for Dome-Kwabenya, Adwoa Safo expressed concern over Poor Street naming, which she said, makes it difficult for the fire service personnel to locate fire affected areas. She added that education on fire control measures should go beyond adults and should be extended to children.

On her part the MP for Tano South, Hanna Bisiw emphasized that the public must be educated to ensure adherence to construction laws.

The Chairman of the Ghana Fire Service Council and the MP for Madina, Hon. Ahmadu Sorogho assured that his outfit would continue to manage fire and rescue lives. He hinted that government had promised to provide them with brand new fire tenders to be imported from India soon.

Earlier, the MPs adopted the appointment of a five membership committee who will advise the Speaker on the appointment of the members of the Parliamentary Service Board. The Parliamentary Service Board is a body responsible for the welfare of the MPs in the area of accommodation, library research and others.

The committee is made up of three members from the majority side and two members from the minority caucus respectively. Members include- Hon. Joseph Yieleh Chireh, Hon. Cletus Apul Avoka and Hon. Juliana Azumah-Mensah from the NDC, with Hon. Papa Owusu-Ankomah and Gifty Eugenia Kusi representing the NPP.

The Majority Leader in Parliament, Hon. Benjamin Kunbuor in a short remark stated that Parliament cannot work effectively without the said committee, saying "Parliament has just commenced and we have to put up this board in place to ensure that the business of the House is being carried out efficiently and effectively."

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