The Appiatse Support Fund got GHC 300,000 from four organizations on Thursday, April 13th, in what appeared to be a day of gifts. The institutions were Exim Bank Ghana, Lands Commission, and SuperGeona Enterprise. The personnel of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources likewise put their names on the list and paid a total of GHC 100,000 in cash and cheque.
While Exim Bank Ghana and SuperGeona Enterprise were united by their shared social duties to residents during difficult times, the Lands Commission and Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources staff were motivated by the old adage, “leading by example.”
“We need to support the fight so that one day we can all be proud to say that we are part of the story and that we’ve touched lives in Appiatse,” representatives of Exim Bank Ghana said.
The Minister of Lands and Natural Resources Lawyer Abdulai Jinapor donated GHC 20,000 at the beginning of the donations. His deputies Mr Geroge Mireku-Duker (MP), and Mr Benito Owusu Bio (MP) also have made donations. The Minister of Energy Mr Mathew Opoku Prempeh (MP) also donated GHC 20,000 according to the Chairperson of the Appiates Support Fund Rev. Dr Rosalind Joyce Aryee.
In a briefing on April 4th, Rev Aryee suggested that the fund had collected GHC 35 million, 884 thousand, 423 Ghana Cedis and 90 Pesewas in donations from both commercial and cooperative institutions, as well as private philanthropists.
“This amount notwithstanding, we are far from reaching what we would call sufficient funds. This is because the extent of damage to the Appiatse cannot be over emphasized and this amount raised so far will not be adequate,” she told press men in Accra.
Monies collected does not include the five million dollar fine allotted to Maxam Ghana Limited to be paid into the fund by the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, she added.
“We are still insisting on our hash tag: “obiara entuabi” to enable us make this project a reality,” she appealed.
Monetary contributions may be deposited in the name of APPIATSE SUPPORT FUND at GCB Bank account number 1011130036123 or Stanbic Bank account Number 9040009974967 and We encourage you to kindly send your donations through MTN, Vodafone, AirtelTigo to G-Cash short code *422*530# or Stanbic short code *718*25*096#.
Mr Benito Owusu Bio, Deputy Minister of Lands and Natural Resources and Chair of the Appiatse Reconstruction Implementation Team, has stated that the temporal structures developed by Future Global Resources would be ready for inhibition on May 1st of this year.
When the minister and his crew visited the community on April 14th, following recent downpours that impacted the camp inhabitants, the roofing of the shelters was still in progress.
“My team and I foresaw this happening and planned ahead that’s why we have been in talks with FGR on these buildings and today as we’ve witnessed, roofing has commenced and we will be sure to stick to the May 1st time frame to transition the people to the temporary structures,” an assuring Owusu-Bio told affected persons.
Mr. Blankson Hermans, a member of the reconstruction committee and a representative from the Ghana Institute of Architects, revealed during the visit that all demarcations on the flattened site to host the reconstructed community have been completed, and that road networks will begin soon ahead of the detailed designs.
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