May 9 Families Laud Herbert Mensah

Families oF victims of the may 9th Accra Sports Stadium Disaster, who are calling for support, say life would have been very difficult but for Herbert Mensah. They accused government of neglect despite a directive by the Okudzeto Committee for financial support to the families, especially the children left behind.

They singled out former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Asante Kotoko, Herbert Mensah, for praise for his contribution to their upkeep. According to the dependents, 14 years after the disaster that claimed 120 lives after a league match between Accra Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko, they face numerous challenges and need assistance.

At a special ceremony at Nima in Accra, organized by Herbert Mensah, who is currently the President of the Ghana Rugby Association and sponsors, to bring the families of the victims in the Greater Accra and Ashanti regions together, Rukaya Alidu, who lost two brothers – Ahmed Samadu and Ibrahim Adi – said apart from “an amount of GH¢300 extended to the family after the disaster, nothing has been given to us.

“I am left to cater for the children of my late brothers and it’s very difficult because we do not know who to contact for the money promised us but I am grateful to Mr. Herbert Mensah for his yearly support,” Rukaya added.

Herbert Mensah, who has made it a ritual to observe the day every year, expressed sadness about the lack of respect for the departed ones and the needed attention to the surviving families.

Mr Mensah, who has personally financed the yearly remembrance, said the “authorities in Ghana must stand up and take responsibility for their action.” “People in power must realize that they are in power to serve the people and they must understand that there is a bar of acceptability globally that Ghana is entitled to,” Mr. Mensah added.

Meanwhile, over 15,000 people are expected to take part in a walk on Saturday to mark the 14th Anniversary of the May 9th disaster in the Ashanti regional capital, Kumasi. Aside the walk, the team will join Muslims to pray at the Kumasi Central Mosque on Friday followed by an Inter Zongo soccer match in some streets of Kumasi.

Source: Daily Guide, 7 May 2015

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