It has been six years since the country experienced one of the biggest disasters, which resulted in the loss of many lives and property.
On June 3, 2015, heavy rainfall, which started in the late hours of the day continued into the next day, leading to severe flooding in several parts of the country, with Accra being the worst affected.
An explosion at a GOIL fuel station at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle resulted in the deaths of over 150 persons and left many injured.
Significant donations were made and money was promised to the victims and the bereaved families.
One Ghana Movement, on June 2, 2020, launched the Justice for June 3 victims (J4J3) project to pursue the following aims:
1. Increase transparency and accountability in public financial management.
2. Hold corporations, public officials and institutions accountable.
3. Secure equitable compensation for victims
4. Encourage citizens’ participation in governance and increase their engagement with national and local authorities
The Movement and the victims, through their lawyers, (Darko, Keli-Delataa & Co.) and (A-Partners @Law), commenced a class action lawsuit in 2018, chasing GOIL, the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) and the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) for their “complicity in the disaster.”
The journey so far
OneGhana Movement, in a statement, said the case is still in session.
It is the hope of the group that while the court case continues, “the pursuit of justice will not only result in fair compensations to victims and their families but will, in the end, punish officials found culpable”, and “drive the sense of accountability and responsibility on the part of citizens, corporate Ghana, and public officials”.
“Public servants and politicians alike shall also recognise that they will be held accountable for their actions and inaction,” it added.
While the organisation acknowledges that the wheels of justice grind slowly, it is “staying the course and working to ensure that systems are put in place to guarantee that officials uphold their responsibility to the people of Ghana; and work assiduously to execute their roles to the best of their abilities.”