May 9, 2011

The Member of Parliament for Suaman, Stephen Ackah says Parliament will cause an investigation into how the proceeds of the May 9 Disaster fund have been dispensed so far when Parliament re-convenes.

The May 9 Disaster Fund was established in 2001 to cater for the dependants of the victims of the May 9 Disaster which occurred after a grueling match between two of Ghana’s glamorous clubs Asante Kotoko and Accra Hearts of Oak during which over 120 soccer funds died after a stampede at the stadium.

Lots of Ghanaians from all walks of life and other cooperate bodies contributed various sums of monies to the fund, and the MP is of the view that reports that dependants of the victims have been neglected by Trustees of the Fund, and monies misappropriated must be thoroughly investigated to ensure accountability.

Speaking to, the Member of Parliament for Suaman who is also the Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Youth and Sports, Stephen Ackah, states that as Chairman of a committee responsible for the growth of sports it is incumbent on the committee to show concern and take immediate steps to verify the truth or other wise of the allegations.

“This is a good case for us to pursue as a committee, we have to ensure that every pesewa of this money spent is duly accounted for, since the fund was raised for a specific purpose’’ he said.

Touching on the 10th anniversary of the May 9 disaster which falls today, 9th May 2011, Hon Stephen Ackah, who describes the incident as the darkest day in the history of Ghanaian sports believes that a lot of education has been done and the necessary measures put in place to avert the re-occurrence of the horrible incident.

He sympathized with the affected families and assured them of government’s commitment to continue ensuring the welfare of the dependants of the victims.

Story by : Kwadwo Anim/