January 21, 2022

Lands Ministry probes Appiatse explosion

Minister for Lands and Natural Resources – Samuel Abu Jinapor

The Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources has launched investigations into the circumstances that led to the explosion of explosives that were being transported to a mine at Appiatse, a town between Bogoso and Bawdie in the Western Region.

“The investigation will among others help government to determine whether the regulations covering transportation of explosives were complied with and also what led to the unfortunate tragedy,” a statement issued by the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources on Thursday, 20 January 2022 said.

The Ministry launched the investigations through the Inspectorate Division of the Minerals Commission.

The Ministry added that the Government is determined to assist a “return to a situation of normalcy for residents”, as quickly as practicable.

Meanwhile, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has described the explosion as a “truly sad, unfortunate and tragic incident.”

In a message of condolence to the people of Apiate on Twitter, President Akufo-Addo said: “The Police, Armed Forces and the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) are co-ordinating efforts to contain the situation, and I have also instructed NADMO to see to it that rapid relief is brought to residents of the town.”

He further assured the people of government’s support to restore the Apiate back to normalcy.

“Government will spare no effort to ensure a rapid return to a situation of normalcy for residents of Appiatse,” the President said.

Scores of people are feared dead while several others have been injured in the huge explosion.

The explosion occurred on Thursday, when a truck conveying explosive material for a mining company, a motorcycle, and a third vehicle close to an electronic transformer were involved in an accident.

Apart from the deaths, the explosion destroyed several properties.








Source: classfmonline.com

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