The National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) has donated assorted relief items to a police officer whose house was burnt at Zuarungu, a suburb of Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region.
The items included student mattresses, mats, blankets, insecticide bed nets, used clothing, laundry soap, rice, maize, cooking oil, rubber bowls, cups and buckets.
Chief Inspector Stephen Amewugah’s two-bedroom house was razed by fire last Monday, destroying personal belongings running into thousands of Ghana cedis but he escaped unhurt with his wife and three children.
Presenting the items, the Upper East Regional Director of NADMO, Mr Jerry Asamane, sympathised with Chief Inspector Amewugah and his family and expressed the hope that the items would provide some comfort for them.
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He indicated that NADMO had taken inventory of the destroyed items and efforts would be made to provide further assistance to the victims.
Narrating his ordeal, Chief Inspector Amewugah, who is the Station Officer of the Zuarungu Police Depot, said he was awoken at 10p.m. that Monday by an unusual smell and he came out of his bedroom to be confronted by a thick smoke and fire coming from the kitchen.
He said due to the intense nature of the fire, he was compelled to save his wife and children before seeking assistance from the Fire Service with support from neighbours.
Chief Inspector Amewugah, who is due for retirement, thanked NADMO for the support and indicated that the items would alleviate their plight.
The Bolgatanga Municipal Police Commander, Chief Superintendent Samuel Punobyin, who accompanied NADMO to make the presentation, described the situation as worrying, considering the extent of damage.
He said the Upper East Regional Police Command had in the interim provided temporary accommodation for Chief Inspector Amewugah and his family, adding that the Police Administration would do everything humanly possible to support the victim and his family.