The First Lady, Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo, has commended a USA-based Ghanaian couple for donating assorted items and 20,000 dollars to the bereaved families and the injured of the Kintampo tragedy.
The couple; Bishop and Mrs Kofi Adonteng Boateng of the Divine Word International Ministry in the USA, donated the items and money for the upkeep of the bereaved families and the injured.
During a courtesy call on the First Lady by Bishop Adonteng Boateng and his wife in Accra recently, Mrs Akufo-Addo thanked them for their generosity and encouraged them to do more for society.
The couple expressed their appreciation to the First Lady for her warm reception, saying that members of their church were moved when they heard of the sad news, hence their contribution.
The tragedy, which occurred on Sunday, March 19, at the Kintampo Waterfalls in the Brong-Ahafo Region, claimed 19 lives comprising 13 males and six females of the Wenchi Methodist Senior High School and the University of Energy and Natural Resources who visited the falls for excursion and research purposes.
The incident happened a fortnight ago at the waterfalls following a rainstorm that hit the Kintampo Municipality, uprooting trees in its wake and killing the victims in the process and injuring others.
The First Lady had earlier sent a message of goodwill to empathise with the bereaved families and the wounded.
“The news of the tragedy at Kintampo has stunned the whole country. I am deeply sorry for your loss. There are no words I can offer that will make this any easier,” Mrs Akufo-Addo said in a message.
“I hope you find some comfort in knowing that the whole of Ghana shares your pain,” the First Lady said.
Mrs Akufo-Addo prayed for the speedy recovery of all the injured and expressed the hope that they returned home to their loved ones as early as possible.
Meanwhile, Vice-President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, on behalf of the Government, visited the families of the victims and promised government’s support for the bereaved families and those on admission.
Source: Ghana News Agency