Bettering Lives for Christ, a non-governmental organisation has sent its condolences to victims and families of those who lost their lives in Wednesday’s flood and fire disaster at the GOIL petrol station at Kwame Nkrumah Circle.
The organisation says it “mourns with the bereaved families and stands by the fatherless, widowed and those who have lost their children to this mayhem in this distressing period.”
Here is a copy of the full statement
Bettering Lives for Christ (BLC) is devastated by reports that the torrential rainfall of Wednesday 3rd June 2015 ravaged properties worth millions of dollars and cruelly killed several Ghanaians.
In particular, words have failed to convey the extent of our anguish in the case of the over hundred Ghanaians who were burnt to death, whilst seeking refuge from the rains at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle branch of the Ghana Oil Company Limited (GOIL) filling station.
Nobody deserves to go this way, especially responsible Ghanaians who had gone in pursuit of their bread and butter to feed both themselves and loved ones. They did no wrong for tragedy to have intruded their private space like it did.
Bettering Lives for Christ mourns with the bereaved families. We stand with the fatherless, widowed, and those who have lost their children to this mayhem in this distressing period. After all, crying the death day of another is crying our own death.
The weight of this disaster on the people of Ghana has led Ghanaians into a deep reflection on their security and whether government has done enough to protect them. This is especially so given that predictable rainfalls have for several years continued to rob them of their joy by destroying businesses built with all of one’s life earnings and killed dear ones because of poor drainage systems and the failure to enforce basic by-laws, among other factors.
What should have been obvious to even the casual observer by now is that Ghana is not only exposed when it comes to rains. It is naked everywhere, not least in preventing fire in the market, finding jobs for the youth, solving the energy crisis, etc. But Ghana is not alone.
The world’s most powerful and resourceful earthly government, the USA, is the worst hit and is bleeding. Theirs is not poor drainage system. Their citizenry live in constant fear of terrorism in both home and abroad. Hurricane Katrina alone claimed 1,833 lives.
BLC have evidence from all over the world to prove that governments have failed to secure their people. And this failure is not merely arising out of incompetence, corruption and indifference. Government is bereft of ideas and the needed skill set to address modern problems.
Leaders across the world and their citizens have been reduced to mere spectators and commentators as terrorism, poverty, threat of war, earthquake, tidal winds, wild fires and general chaos and squalor take the world hostage. Government is as helpless and as much a victim as its people.
Perhaps, the problem is not government, but rather the decision of citizens to entrust the government with their lives and dear ones’ despite its failure.
It is the considered opinion of BLC that it is safer to trust in The Lord with our lives than in man or its institution of government. More so when the situation we are grappling with is a fulfilment of prophecy given by Jesus in Matthew 24 concerning signs of the end times. It included wars and rumours of wars, famine, earthquakes and false prophets deceiving many.
Which technology can solve these? Governments have come to their wits end. We need an alternative.
Acts 3: 19 provide the answer. ‘Repent and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out and that times of refreshing may come to you from the lord.
Bible says, those who trust in The Lord, are like mount Zion, which cannot be moved. We need Jesus to save us from the troubles of this world and give us salvation even when we die.
You cannot help yourself; neither can government. However, God through Christ can. Amen!
Akyena Brantuo Benjamin
(Convener, Bettering Lives for Christ)
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