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C/R: NADMO neglects Victims of fire at Briwa Vocational Institute?

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The National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) is yet to donate relief items to Briwa Vocational Training and Rehabilitation Institute (BVTRI), after the institution’s girls dormitory gutted fire about two weeks ago.

The fire which swept some six rooms destroyed items worth thousands of Ghana Cedis and affected about 120 students.

The female students, both victims and non victims, were sent home after the incident on September 20, 2018 and asked to return on September 29, 2018 to enable management put in place the right measures.

A visit to the school by Ghananewsonline.com.gh on Monday to check whether the students had reported, the senior house mistress, Regina Lartey, said about 60 out of the number had reported back to the school.

According to her, the management has temporarily arranged for them to manage for the time being.

“Yes they’ve started reporting, some came on Saturday and yesterday…… this morning too some have come so we’re looking forward to have them all here……. for their sleeping place, we have allocated a place for them plus the remaining block of the girls dormitory which the fire couldn’t affect.

You know, as for this one (pointing at the burnt building), there is nothing we can do about it now and we can’t let the children be in the house till we finish repairng it so with the help of the PTA, we have had a temporal place for them. Our sister institution at Assin Fosu has also brought us 10 mattresses,” she indicated.

When asked whether the Mfantseman Assembly, NADMO and other agencies who visited the scene on the day of the incident had made any donation to the school and the victims yet, she said “no, not yet…..but we understand they will come….. so we are appealing to everybody to come to our aid because we are in dire need……. this problem is bigger for us to handle……so even if one tin of milk that they’ll be able to bring to our affected students, we will thank the fellow.”

NADMO Contacted

When ghananewsonline.com.gh reached the Mfantseman Municipal director of NADMO, Frank Owusu, he said all was set for the organisation to present some relief items to the school “within the week…….by Wednesday or Thursday, they will hear from us. Oh how can we neglect them like that, no, we can’t do that………..the MCE, Hon KK Essuman, I myself, the regional minister, my national NADMO boss and others have all had a meeting and have agreement to go to their aid…..so as I said, hopefully Wednesday or Thursday.”

Some of the affected students who were on campus told this reporter that their parents could not give them any thing to be brought to school.

“I came on Saturday and in fact my mother couldn’t even buy me a single book so this morning i didnt write anything in class…….and i do understand her because she’s single parent and a peasant farmer, so I’m looking on the Lord if any help will come,” a victim narrated.

Another one said, “only a bedsheet and my three note books that I left home when reporting the first time are what I brought……so I don’t even know what [mattress] i will sleep on tonight……..I think the days the authorities gave us were too small.”

Source: Kojo Ata Kakrah Abrowah || ghananewsonline.com.gh


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