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June 3 disaster victims demand GHC40m from gov’t

Victims of devastating twin disaster that claimed the lives of hundreds on June 3, 2015 have complained bitterly over failure of government to pay compensations promised them after three years; they are accordingly demanding a compensation of 40 million from government.

The aggrieved victims have resultantly decided to converge at the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange today to remind government of their promise to settle them over the incident that rendered scores helpless after losing their homes and livelihoods.

Though 69 of the victims have sued the former Mayor of Accra, Alfred Oko Vanderpuyie and two others in relation to the disaster, they said that they are converging at the grounds to demand compensation from the state.

“We want to use this gesture to inform government of our predicament and remind them to help us, as we are suffering,” one of the victims said.

Speaking to this reporter, another victims said, “we have waited for years to receive compensation from government but not only have we lost contact with the person who contacted us; all attempts to reach them for our due have proven futile”.

According to the victims, significant donations were made after the disaster, yet they have not received anything.

One of the victims said, “the president said he released GHC 50,000 for us while at the hospital but we are yet to see that money. Even after leaving the hospital, we didn’t receive anything,” he lamented.

On June 3, 2015, Ghana witnessed a sad incident of fire and flood disaster, claiming 150 lives and leaving several others sustaining various degrees of injuries. This year would make the third anniversary of the disaster and victims are still asking for compensation.

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