Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia assured residents of Appiatse that the government was working with mining companies and the State Housing Corporation to rebuild the farming community which was flattened by a huge explosion on Thursday, January 20, 2022.
Speaking after a community visit on Friday, January 21, 2022, Vice President Bawumia expressed the government’s condolences to the families of the 13 people who have died in the blast so far.
Dr Bawumia also stressed that the government would do everything possible to support the families of the dead and injured and meet the medical bills of the 179 injured.
He further commended the various security agencies and community members for their quick response to the tragedy.
“For the houses that were destroyed, we are already starting to think about how to rehabilitate and rebuild for the community here,” Dr Bawumia said.
“I want to assure Nananom that His Excellency the President (Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo) has already given the directive. We have already spoken to the State Housing Corporation and are in consultation with the mining companies here, we will quickly try to put in place facilities that will help those who have been displaced will be a priority for all of us.
“Just to make sure the government is fully engaged in all of these processes and that we’re going to make sure people here are taken care of. We’re going to learn lessons…but right now we’re very concerned about how to complete this rescue effort, how to take care of the injured, how to take care of the families and the people who survived”.
After visiting some of the injured victims of the blast who are receiving treatment at the Aseda Health Center in Bogoso, Dr Bawumia also revealed that the government would cover all their medical bills.
Cause of the explosion
Preliminary police investigations established that an explosive mining vehicle traveling from Tarkwa to the Chirano gold mines collided with a motorbike, which caused the explosion in Appiatse, a farming community between Bogoso and Bawdie in the municipality of Prestea Huni-Valley in the West region.
Most of the victims were rescued and are admitted to various hospitals and clinics in the municipality of Bogoso.