Appiatse Explosion: Government sets up Endowment Fund for victims

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The Government has tasked a five-member committee to raise funds to support victims of the Appiatse explosion and rebuild the Community.

Members of the committee, which has the founder of Salt and Light Ministries, Rev. Dr Joyce Aryee, as its chairperson were unveiled at the launch of the endowment fund.

The members are: Mr Sulemanu Koney, Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Chamber of Mines; Tetrete Okuamoah Sekyim II, Chairman of the Forestry Commission Board; Dr Antoinette Tsiboe-Darko, Senior Lecturer, University of Ghana and Mr Phillip Owiredu, Managing Director of Cal Bank.

The Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Mr Abu Jinapoor, who launched the Fund said apart from raising funds, the Committee also had the task of supervising the disbursement of funds with utmost integrity and transparency for the benefit of survivors of the disaster.

“I am confident that given the calibre of citizens assembled they will execute this task in a fair transparent and prudent manner,” he said.

The Minister appealed to the public to give generously to support the affected persons and “to the people of Appiatse, I say to them a compassionate nation and government stands by you in your time of great needs and adversity.”

Dr Aryee on behalf of members of the Committee expressed gratitude to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for considering the members for what she described as a task of honour.

“Each of us comes with some level of expertise and together our prayer is that God will bind us together and give us a singular mind to undertake this task,” she said.

She appealed to the public to generously donate to the victims and help rebuild their lives.

Fourteen people have so far died with 179 injured in an explosion that occurred on January 20, 2022, at Appiatse, near Bogoso in the Prestea-Huni Valley Municipality in the Western Region.

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