President of the Republic of Ghana Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo donated One Hundred Thousand Ghana Cedis, GH¢100,000 to the Apeatse Support Fund (ASF) His excellency is the first to donate to the funds which were established by the government following the explosion that razed the entire mining community located close to Bogoso in the Western region on 20th January.
He made his donation on 27th January in Accra when the minister of Lands and Natural Resources and Member of Parliament for the Damongo Constituency Lawyer Samuel Abdul Jinapor led the steering committee of the Apeatse Support Fund to officially introduce themselves to the president.
Incidence like this according to the President, calls for some serious review of safety measures.
“We obviously have to focus on the whole issue of safety in the mining communities and in the mining sector,” he said.
The president in his brief remark at the Jubilee House tasked the ministry to urgently review the regulatory framework governing mining activities in the country to help improve mining operations and ensure safety in the mining areas.
Receiving the donation, Chairperson for the ASF and former Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Chamber of Mines, Rev Dr Joyce Rosalind Aryee thanked the president for the confidence he has imposed in the committee to superintend over the collection of the money and its disbursement.
“The level of enthusiasm to give is quite high. I have personally had so many calls and people asking how they can contribute. So, we are convinced that we would be able to raise sufficient funds for the projects “, she said.
“Mr. President, we can promise you, given your own compassion, passion, and dedication to the wellbeing of people in Ghana, particularly those who become vulnerable as a result of incidence that they have no control over, your own personal involvement drives us to make sure that this project actually works.”
She noted that this is an opportunity to do a green city, making sure that renewable resources are used to build the city and make it sustainable.
The Minister who had earlier launched the Fund at the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, said the purpose of the Fund is to, among others, support the victims of the incident and reconstruct the community following the devastation.
The Minister also inaugurated a five-member committee to manage the fund, with the charge to raise sufficient funds, and supervise its disbursement in accordance with the highest standards of integrity and transparency for the benefit of the community.
The committee is chaired by a former Minister and Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Chamber of Mines, Rev. Dr. Joyce Aryee; Tetrete Okuamoah Sakyi II, Omanhene of Wassa Amenfi Traditional Area; Mr. Philip Owiredu, Managing Director of Cal Bank; Dr. Antoinette Tsiboe-Darko, a Senior Lecturer at the University of Ghana and Mr. Sulemanu Koney, the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Chamber of Mines.
By: Theodora Aidoo/ www.zamireports.com/ Accra.