The Management of Regional Maritime University (RMU) has presented a cheque for GH₵10,000 ($2,600) to Ms Martha Hassan, a second year student of the Asesewa Senior High School in the Eastern Region. The amount is to support Ms Hassan, a victim of the June 3 flood and fire disaster in Accra.
Professor Elvis Nyarko, the Vice Chancellor of RMU, who presenting the cheque to Ms Hassan, expressed the hope that the donation would go a long way to support her medical and educational bills.
He said the 37 Military Hospital recommended the victim to management of the University after several consultations with media houses and hospitals in an effort to identify a victim.
He said as the University followed the responses of many individuals and organisations that supported the victims in diverse ways, management and staff saw beyond the immediate reactions and sought the future of the victims.
“We live in a society that sentimentally responds to accidents, but after that, the victims themselves or their children are left to their fate,” he added.
He said it was with this in mind that, the management and staff of RMU embarked on a fund raising, through voluntary contributions, to support the victim.
Prof Nyarko said, as a maritime education and training institution, the University was shocked by the accident, knowing that the country has the expertise in helping reduce some of the effects of fire and water disasters in the country.
He said the University has been providing safety training courses not targeted at sea going personal only but also for people with health and safety responsibility.
The Vice Chancellor said the state of the nation’s preparedness in minimizing effects of hazards was very often exposed each time disaster struck.
“It is time we begin to take up some of these safety courses at RMU so that our society in the end will reduce effects of these happenings when they occur,” he added.
Giving, an account of what happened to Ms Hassan, Mrs Rejoice Mawuse Norgbey, Human Resource Officer, RMU said, on that faithful June 3, the Victim was visiting home from school and alighted at Circle not far from her Adabraka home.
She said it was around the same time that the rains poured in heavily and so she had to take shelter at the Goil Filing Station for the rains to subside, but suddenly things went bizarre.
“The flood gave her up and the fire almost consumed her,” she added.
She said the University responded to societal tragedy and encouraged Ms Hassan that all was not lost.
Ms Hassan in an interview with the Ghana News Agency expressed gratitude to the almighty God for saving her life and thanked management of RMU for their support.