The sitting Member of Parliament for the Ayawaso West Wougon Constituency, Lydia Seyram Alhassan has called for assistance from individuals and corporate bodies to support victims of the fire outbreak that left “kiosk estate” at Shiashie in ruins.
At a donation of truckloads of relief items and a cash sum of GHS20,000 for the victims, the lawmaker indicated that her outfit is doing its best to help the constituents, yet, they still need more support.
“As you can see we came to support the victims with boxes of food items, but how long will this last, it wil not be enough. We are therefore using this opportunity to call on the public for help, not just people from the constituency, we need your support to help the victims,” she entreated.
According to her, “it hasn’t been easy for my people, as you can see; it’s difficult” so all businessmen, and nongovernmental organizations in and beyond the constituency must come on board to support.
The MP, who mobilised help and temporary church shelter for the victims throughout the night of the incident, promised to continue to help them out of their situation.
Some victims of the inferno expressed their appreciation to the MP and appealed to other philanthropists to go to their aid.
In an interview with the media, owner of the first kiosk to catch fire said it was caused by a light switch in her kiosk.
“I returned from a journey, entered my room and turned on the light and there was a spark of fire that started spreading, I started calling out for help but the fire continued to spread,” she narrated.
Meanwhile, John Dumelo, the National Democratic Congress’ parliamentary candidate for the constituency distributed food items to the squatters and according to him, they are putting measures in place to help the victims with accomodation.
Over 100 kiosks at Shiashie Soweto, were burnt to ashes, destroying about 200 households on Friday, August 14, 2020.
Story by: Diana Nutsugah | universnewsroom.com