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Monday, March 30, 2009

Report on Baba Yara Stadium disaster submitted

Picture shows James Belieb Marshall (right) presenting the report to Alhaji Mohammed Mubarak, Minister of Youth and Sports

The five-member administrative committee of inquiry that investigated the February 8, 2009 incident at the Baba Yara Stadium has submitted its report to the Minister of Youth and Sports, Alhaji Muntaka Mohammed Mubarak.
Four persons lost their lives and a total of 417 individual injuries were recorded during a Glo Premier league match between Kumasi Asante Kotoko and Accra Hearths of Oak on that day.
Presenting the report, Mr James Belieb Marshall, a Kumasi based legal practitioner who served as Chairman of the Committee attributed the overcrowding at the stadium to the usage of unapproved entry points by fans.
He said the committee also established that a number of unorthodox methods led to the excessive overcrowding at the stadium and added that the emergency response was inadequate and it was not timely as well.
He put the total number of casualties at four deaths and 417 individual injuries.
The government through the Ministry of Youth and Sports set up the committee of enquiry after the Glo Premier League match between Kumasi Asante Kotoko and Accra Hearts of Oak at the Baba Yara Stadium on February 8, 2009, during which the incident occurred.
The committee was to ascertain the total number of casualties, both deaths and injuries, determine whether there were any form of negligence on the part of officials; to find out whether the National Sports Council adhered to laid down regulations in organising matches and to make appropriate recommendations to the Ministry on how to prevent the recurrence of such incidents.
The other members of the committee were Mr Welbeck Abra-Appiah, chairman of the Premier League Board, Dr Kofi Asafo-Agyei, a medical practitioner at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), Mr Mohammed Alhassan, a radio presenter, and Assistant Commissioner of Police George Mensah of the Ashanti Regional Police. Mr Alexander Osei Tutu, a Kumasi based legal practitioner served as a solicitor for the committee.
Mr Marshall said the committee members spoke to a total of 50 individuals and also saw about 110 photographs provided them by Graphic Sports and video footages as well.
Receiving the report in Kumasi on Friday, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Alhaji Muntaka Mohammed Mubarak said details of the report would be made known to the public after the President J. E. A. Mills had gone through it.
He said the Ministry would make the entire report available to the public and would even put a copy on the internet at the Ministry’s website.
He said the government was much concerned about incident and was determined to get answers to the problems that occurred during the match and find ways to prevent its occurrence in the future.
The Minister assured that the recommendations in the report would be adhered and that the government would not hesitate in acting on the recommendations.
“We are going to be very fast in reading it and immediately begin the implementation of the recommendations.

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