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Appiatse Explosion: Veep to cut sod for the construction of green community soon

The Minister of Lands and Natural Resources has revealed that Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia will soon cut sod for the commencement of the reconstruction of the flattened Appiatse community. The construction will be in the fulfilment of the commitment by the government to reconstruct the community following the explosion of January 20.

The government promised to construct a “green and sustainable community” in twelve months for the affected persons who are currently being housed in a temporal accommodation provided by the FGM.

Thirteen persons were killed in the explosion with at least a dozen injured when a truck conveying mining explosives collided with a motorcycle rider off the Tarkwa-Bogoso road.

“The master plan for the reconstruction of Appiatse is ready and in a matter of weeks, the Vice President will cut sod to commence construction of the core community which will consist of 124 housing units.”

Surveyor and members of the Appiatse Reconstruction Committee led by the Chairperson and Deputy Minister Mr Benito Owusu-Bio explain the master plan of the new community to Lawyer Jinapor during his visit. Image: MLNR.

The flattened houses make up the core community consisting of one bedroom to seven bedrooms.

Lawyer Jinapor was visiting the community for the first time after they were relocated from the tents.

The sector Minister debunked ongoing claims from a section of Ghanaians that funds meant for the rebuilding of the community is being invested in the construction of the controversial National Cathedral while encouraging residents to support with labour.

“The Appiatse project is non- partisan and anyone who wants to play NDC and NPP politics can wait for campaign period to do that,” he cautioned.

He appealed to citizens to donate to the Appiatse Reconstruction project, stressing that the funds will be disbursed purposefully and committing to transparency.

The tents that housed the affected were dismantled during his visit.

The Member of Parliament for the Damongo Constituency commended the Mr Benito Owusu-Bio (MP), members of the Appiatse Reconstruction Implementation Team and the Municipal Chief Executives for their commitments which he said “is a show of public service.

The Lands Minister also donated assorted food items including bags of rice, sugar and gallons of oil to the residents estimated at GHC 10,000.

Mr Benito Owusu-Bio, Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources and Chairman of the Reconstruction Implementation Team said plans are far advance to ensure that electricity, water and other basic amenities are made available to the community.

“GetFund has revealed it will take up the construction of an educational facility in the new structure,” Mr Owusu-Bio revealed.

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