7 out of the thirteen persons who were killed by the 20th January explosion in Appiatse in the Prestea-Huni Valley district of the Western region of Ghana were today 11th March laid to rest.
The seven were Ekua Nyame, 80, Isaac Benyin, 45, Isaac Anane, 35, Emmanuel Quainoo, 29, Justice Kwesi Takwa, 21, Michael Afriyie,19, and Ella Baidoo,15 months.
4 out of the other 6 victims were laid to rest last weekend while the remaining two namely Emmanuel Awingura, 24, and Eric Gyimah, 24 will be given a private burial by their families in their respective birth homes in the coming days,” the disaster relief committee said.
The Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources Mr Benito Owusu-Bio led a delegation from the Ministry and other State institutions to commiserate with the families of the deceased and the traditional council.
“We are here on behalf of the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the Vice President to sympathize with you in this hard time. They send their heartfelt condolences to the Chiefs, people and all the bereaved families. We know this is hard but do take heart.”
“This is sad and we hope and pray this doesn’t reoccur but as we cry and mourn the dead, we also have to keep in mind that there are others alive who need to be sheltered as soon as possible and we are committed to doing this within the shortest possible time,” he added.
The lawmaker also announced that the green and sustainable community promised by the government for the displaced will be completed in twelve months. He presented an amount of GHC 30,000 as a token from the Ministry towards the burial of the victims.
The Chief of Appiatse, Nana Atta Kwadwo Bremebi was full of gratitude for the government and all stakeholders who have supported the community since the incident occurred.
Also in attendance were the Board Chairperson of the Minerals Commission, Madam Barbara Oteng-Gyasi, Municipal Chief Executive for Prestea Huni-Valley Municipal Assembly, Dr Isaac Dasmani, Member of Parliament for Prestea Huni-Valley Constituency Robert Wisdom Cudjoe, and other mourners from home and abroad.
Reconstruction Team Visits Resettlement Site.
The Appiatse Reconstruction Committee together with the Chairman Mr Benito seized the opportunity to visit the construction site of the temporal accommodation to house the over 800 displaced people.
He applauded the Forestry Commission for donating wood products that have aided builders to fix roofing frames for about 20 of the structures. 3 of the rooms had already been furnished.
A group from the University of Mines and Technology in Tarkwa who promised to test the soil at the explosion site before buildings are erected, were on-site when Mr Owusu-Bio arrived.
Source: www.zamireports.com / Appiatse / Ghana.