21Jun

Only Survivor In Akakpokope Disaster Gets Massive Educational Support

Judith Akakpo, the 8-year-old girl who survived the Akakpokope food poisoning disaster, has heaved a sigh of relief as her education from the primary school to the tertiary level will be taken care of by The Church of Pentecost.

This was announced by the General Secretary of the Church, Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi, during the burial and memorial service for the six victims of the disaster, including the mother of Judith, held at Akakpokope in the South Tongu District of the Volta Region recently.

Judith, a pupil of Dabala Junction R/C Primary School, was involved in the infamous March 1, 2018 food poisoning at Akakpokope which claimed six lives, including her mother, Deaconess Peace Akakpo, 40, and her two siblings, namely Theodora Akakpo, 15, and Elijah Akakpo, 13. Three others, Sister Comfort Ayee, 39, and her two daughters- Patience Doe Kwawuvi, 10, and Bernice Tay, 8, all members of the Church died in the disaster after consuming a food substance containing some poisonous substances, according to the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) report.

The victims complained of stomach ache after eating the popular Ghanaian staple, Banku and Akple which they acquired from a local corn mill, and died soon after they were admitted to the hospital. The bizarre incident attracted a national attention which prompted the FDA to conduct investigations into the cause of their death.

Meanwhile, the District Chief Executive (DCE) of South Tongu District, Honourable Samuel Agamah, has also indicated that the district assembly will also bear the cost of Judith Akakpo’s education from primary school to the senior high school level.

The funeral ceremony which was held on May 26, 2018, was attended by several ministers of the Church, including Apostle Osei Wusu Brempong (Aflao Area Head), Apostle Moses Ahiakor (Ho Area Head) and Pastor Nicholas Darko (Finance and Administration Director at the Headquarters).

Other government officials present were the Deputy Volta Regional Minister, Honourable Maxwell Blagogee and the Member of Parliament (MP) for South Tongu, Honorable Kwablah Mensah Woyome.

Report by Abigail Owusu-Banahene Anyane, Dabala District, Aflao Area

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