Ghana’s Minister for Lands and Natural Resources Lawyer Samuel Abdulai Jinapor is asking Ghanaians living in both Ghana and in the diaspora to turn a generous eye and ear to the plight and cry of the victims of the 20th January explosion in Appiatse the Western region by donating to support rebuild their lives.
At a launch of the Appiatse Support Fund (APS) in Accra on 25th January, Lawyer Jinapor urged the fund managers to ensure they raise enough and disburse same making sure each victim is catered for.
“On the instruction of the president of the Republic, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the Lands and Natural Resources Ministry has decided to launch the Appiatse Support Fund and raise funds from the general public to among others, support the victims of this unfortunate incident and to reconstruct the community. And we cannot ignore our own people who fell victim to this unfortunate incident,” the lawmaker appealed.
The ASP will be chaired by the former Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Chamber of mines Dr Joyce Rosalind Aryee. Other members include Board Chairman of the Forestry Commission and the Omanhene of Wassa Amenfi Traditional Area Tetrete Okuamoah Sekyim II; Dr Antoinette Tsiboe-Darko, a Senior lecturer at the University of Ghana and research fellow at the Centre for Social Policy Studies, Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Chamber of Mines, Sulemanu Koney, and Managing Director of CalBank, Philip Owiredu.
“To ensure fair, transparent, and judicious use of the fund, the government decided to appoint a five-member committee to manage the fund. It will be chaired by Reverend Dr Joyce Aryee, a distinguished and eminent woman who is the founder of Salt and Light Ministries and a woman of enormous integrity,” he said.
At least, three children died in the explosion that flattened almost the entire mining community when a truck carrying explosives from the manufacturing plant of Maxam Ghana Limited to Chirano mines in Tarkwa run into an accident with a motor rider. The truck caught fire and exploded in minutes killing at least 13 according to the Ministry of Information.
“Each of us comes with some level of expertise and together, our prayer is that God would bind us together in a singular mind. This task is onerous, but nothing is impossible for God. And so on behalf of my colleagues, I say, we accept this honour. We accept this privilege. And we ask for your support, especially members of the media,” Dr Aryee said in her acceptance speech.