Sahara Group, a leading privately owned Oil, Gas, Power and Infrastructure Conglomerate has provided aid and support to the victims of the June 3rd flood and fire disaster in Accra, Ghana. The support came in the form of medical supplies, bedding materials, soaps and detergents, food items as well as relief funds to help offset the medical bills of the injured and ameliorate their suffering. .
Speaking on the donation, Tosin Etomi, Country Manager of Sahara Group in Ghana revealed that, “Sahara, as a key stakeholder in the Ghanaian economy, was touched by the plight of the victims of the disaster and moved to provide some measure of support for those affected.”
“Sahara shares the pain of every Ghanaian affected by this disaster and we pray for speedy recovery for those in the hospital. It is a privilege for Sahara to stand in solidarity with Ghana at this time,” he added.
According to him, Sahara hopes the funds, which form part of the support, would defray some of the huge cost of treatment and rehabilitation of victims with varying degrees of injuries.
Etomi further commiserated with the families of those who lost their lives in the disaster. “We pray for the repose of the souls of the departed and also pray that the well-being of the grieving families,” he stated.
The relief funds were handed to Joy FM, an Accra-based radio station and the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), the body vested with the responsibility to manage disasters and emergencies.
In order to achieve maximum impact and for the items to reach the intended recipients, Sahara is partnering with Joy FM to spearhead the distribution of the items.
The station launched an emergency relief effort after the disaster and has since been coordinating the donation of items received from public-spirited individuals and organizations to the victims.
In line with the organisation’s policy which encourages participation of Sahara Group staff in Personal & Corporate Social Responsibility activities, over 10 members of staff would be on ground to facilitate the distribution of the relief items to the victims in collaboration with Joy FM.
The volunteering staff will also take part in counselling sessions and cleaning the environment in affected areas.
In one of the worst disasters to hit the nation, the night of June 3rd 2015 saw large parts of Accra flooded and a massive explosion at a filling station at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle leading to the loss of over 100 lives.