Ghana — The Member of Parliament (MP) for Mfantseman East, Mr Gorge Kuntu Blankson has advised Ghanaians to take precautionary measures to protect their belongings against destruction by fire as the harmattan intensifies.
He said the severeness of this year’s harmattan could be compared to that of 1983 when fire devastated forests, farms and some communities, resulting in heavy loss of property to the state, local communities and individuals.
The MP who is also the Majority Chief Whip in Parliament gave the advice on Sunday when he inspected some houses which had been destroyed by fire at Kotankore near Otuam.
He appealed to Ghanaians to be careful with how they used fire during the harmattan, especially palm wine tappers, hunters and farmers, and urged them to ensure that they extinguished every ember of fire they set before living the scene.
Mr Kuntu Blankson advised farmers to construct fire belts around their farms as a precaution against bushfires.
He appealed to the Wildfire Division of the Ghana National Fire Service to intensify its patrols, especially in the savannah belt to check bushfires.
The MP urged the Mfantseman Municipal National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) Officer to compile the extent of damage caused by the fire in the community and submit a copy to he the MP to so he would try to solicit some support to alleviate the hardships of the victims.