The Chairperson of the Appiatse Support Fund Dr Joyce Rosalin Aryee is urging Ghanaians both home and abroad to support the fund which is instituted to rebuild the flattened Appiatse community in the Western region following the explosion on 20th January.
At a press briefing in Accra where the Minister of Lands and Natural Reosurces Lawyer Samuel Abdulai Jinapor donated GHC 20,000 to the fund, Dr Aryee insisted no amount from the donations will be used by any member of the fund including not using it for the administration work of its members.
“We live in a period where people are very cynical, and people are wondering whether this is going to be a scam, I can assure you, there is no scam, there will be no scam. And every amount of money that we raise will be used to support the reconstruction,” Dr Aryee said.
She also revealed that she is optimistic that the donation by the sector minister would trigger some sense of urgency from other ministers and government appointees to also support the course.
“I’m trusting that by what you have done, your colleague ministers, not only in this ministry but your colleagues will also take a cue from it and make similar donations.”
The president of the Republic Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo according to the Dr Aryee redeemed his GHC 100,000 pledge to the fund.
On transparency, the chairperson said the fund managers are willing to share details of both donations and disbursement to the media for publication.
“There’s nothing to hide. And when we do make disbursements, we will let you know what
Meanwhile, the Chinese Embassy in Ghana has donated GHC 50,000 to support the Appiatse project. It is the first embassy to donate for the project.
The Appiatse Support Fund was constituted by the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources following the tragic explosion that claimed 13 lives and injured many. The Appiatse mining community in the Prestea-Huni Valley municipality was razed with just a handful of structures surviving the explosion. Three children were among the dead.