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TIME TO SACK OFFICIALS FOR INACTION - DI boss demands

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The Executive Director of Danquah Institute, Kingsley Nyarko, says it is time for leaders to be held accountable for dereliction of duty.

The Executive Director of Danquah Institute, Kingsley Nyarko, says it is time for leaders to be held accountable for dereliction of duty.

 

He believes firing persons in authority for reneging on their responsibilities will fast track Ghana’s progress towards development.

He made the call in a statement he issued yesterday, in the wake of the gas explosion at Atomic Junction that claimed seven lives and injured over 13 others.

According to Dr Nyarko, the frequency of the fire outbreaks that lead to these explosions shows that the responsible authorities have failed to put in place measures required to avert them.

“Those who have been assigned responsibilities must justify the trust reposed in them; they must prove that they are up to their assigned mandate, and removed when they fail,” he emphasized.

He posisted that the force of a nation is dependent on the strength of its environment, adding that the situation had, however, not been the same for Ghana since “the slightest dislocation brings with it very egregious consequences.”

Dr Nyarko further stated that as part of efforts to avert the disasters that are gradually becoming an annual event in country, there is the need to “start relieving duty-bearers of their responsibilities for want of action or negligence.”

He explained that this was evident in the series of disasters that had worsened in recent times with nothing by officials to address preventable deaths and losses in the country.

“As humans, we cannot prevent natural disasters from happening; we cannot stop the rains, but we can put in interventions to prevent or minimize their impact upon their occurrence. If we want to do something to avert these worrying occurrences in the country, it must be now or never. This is not the time for promises, neither is it the time for political rhetoric, but the time for action, the time to fix the challenges in our environment,” Dr. Nyarko indicated.

He therefore recommended that the New Patriotic Party’s government should endeavour to work hard in order to ensure that the “frequent fire outbreaks and gas explosions, as well as the annual flooding are dealt with to the benefit of the country and citizenry.”

In addition, he called on authorities to ensure that “the right interventions are put in place, existing rules and regulations are followed and enforced, and negligent leaders are made accountable to their actions and inactions.”