Kufuor launches TV3's June 3 Disaster support fund

BY: Ann Adjasah
Former President Kufuor

Former President John Agyekum Kufuor has called on professional institutions to influence the government into making the right policies for the country.

According to him, it was time for professional institutions such as the Ghana Institute of Architects, Ghana Institution of Engineers (GHIE) and the Ghana Institute of Planners to make their voices heard for the right things to be done. 

Speaking at the launch of TV3 Network Limited’s “June 3 Disaster Support Fund”, Mr Kufuor stated that the expertise of those institutions would be needed to strive and pull through the flooding situation the country had been confronted with over the years, adding that “individuals could not be blamed; it is a challenge where knowledge is required to solve.

Professional bodies

“It is time our professional institutions pressurise the government to prioritise and take the right decisions,” he added.

The former President said happenings which occurred last Wednesday only exposed the nation as not having done enough to solve the flooding situation the country was confronted with although various governments had done their best to resolve the problem.

Mr Kufuor bemoaned the fact that the country lacked a sustained and co-ordinated effort to develop, not only in flood management but in all facets of national life saying “the nation lacks effective and providential planning and comprehensive prioritising of development projects.

“As tragic as it may seem, the worse could befall us, if we did not begin to put our house in order as a nation,” he added.

Mr Kufuor, therefore, called on professional institutions to use their practical know-how and develop up- to -date technology to mitigate the impact of natural disasters such as floods.

He also suggested that emergency services should also react promptly to minimise the extent of disasters.

June 3 Disaster Support Fund

The June 3 Disaster Support Fund is a TV3 Network Limited initiative, being spearheaded by Dr Ezanetor Rawlings.

In her welcome address, a board member of the TV3 Network Limited, Mrs Norkor Dua, stated that the fund was aimed at raising GH¢ 10,000,000 with the purpose of providing relief for flood victims as well as providing an educational endowment fund for the children of the flood victims.

She added that the people behind the initiative would advocate best practices and empower themselves, as well as citizens, to ensure that natural disasters such as what occurred last Wednesday’s did not happen again.

Public support

Mrs Dua called on corporate bodies, institutions and the public to contribute their quota to help move the country forward to avoid future tragedies.

“It can happen to anyone, and it is time that we put our money behind the talk and make a real difference,” she added.

Dr Rawlings, who was introduced as the face of the support fund, called on Ghanaians to drop partisanship, religious affiliations and face the challenges which confronted the nation as one people.