The General Secretary of the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council has underscored the need for the laws in the country to work, calling on law enforcement agencies to be impartial in the discharge of their duties.
“As a country we have laws governing our lives as citizens, therefore the laws must work to prevent the numerous man-made accidents. We fail to abide by the laws and when the problems befall, that is when we employ knee-jerk reactions and come up with solutions which will not eventually work”. Rev Barrigah denounced.
Calling on government to take pragmatic steps in addressing this attitude, the General Secretary said, the government must be firm on its decision, “we should not allow political patronage and family ties to come in our way in addressing such issues. Sanctions must be applied to anyone who falls foul of the law irrespective of the position or status in the country.”
Rev Barrigah called on the government to put in place systems and structures that would end the numerous man-made accidents which have caused loss to lives and properties.
He mentioned that the absence of a strong machinery and enforcement of laws have been the major contributory factor to several accidents in the country.
He indicated that, leaders must be committed to putting in systems and structures to create a more congenial business environment and expand our natural resources in the country.
He stressed that, Ghana all the necessary resources and experts to make the country a better place for everyone, hence laws must be enforced and work to maintain sanity in the country.
Rev Barrigah advised that, Political leaders among other public leaders should not put the interest of the nation first, rather put the personal interest of the country above.
“When we breach the laws, it means it was for the sake of our selfish gains not for the interest of the country, hence we need to place the greater good of the nation first before any other,” he noted.
He indicated that, the security of the country and Ghanaians is very paramount, therefore, Ghanaians need to be law abiding and bury their selfish interest in order to make the country a place for everyone devoid of catastrophes.
In time past, disasters were treated as one-time events with the focus on geo-physical and engineering knowledge, and without consideration of the social and developmental aspects.
This had resulted to a number of disasters recording a lot of causalities, therefore leaders have to shift attitude towards preparedness, with an emphasis on ‘contingency planning’ and relief supplies to avoid further disasters in future.