Melcom disaster: Families receive GH¢10,000 each from government

Families of the 14 victims of the Melcom disaster who lost their lives have received GH¢10,000 each from government to help them give the victims befitting burial.

At a short but emotional presentation ceremony in Accra on Thursday, mayor of Accra, Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije, said the donation was in fulfillment of government’s promise of assisting victims of the disaster.

He explained that the donation was besides the Melcom Disaster Fund established by the Accra Metropolitan Assembly with a seed capital of GH¢30,000, GH¢10, 000 from Zoomlion and GH¢25,000 cedis from the management of Melcom.

The AMA fund would be disbursed to all 81 victims of the disaster when it hits GHȼ100, 000 and would ensure that only victims would benefit from it, he said  and added that  disbursement would be done whenever the fund accrued to GH¢100,000.

Local Government Minister, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo smpathized with the families and said “money cannot replace the lives of your loved ones, but this is just to assist you”.

Some of the relatives could not hold back their tears when their envelopes containing the money were handed over to them.

Mr Neils Lutterodt who lost an uncle, on behalf of the bereaved family thanked government for the gesture saying that though it cannot replace the lives of their loved ones they were grateful.

Source: GNA

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