The government is launching a full-scale investigation into the circumstances that led to Thursday afternoon’s huge explosion in Apiate, a town around Bogoso in the Western Region of Ghana.
Minister for Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah who disclosed this in an interview with CNN on Friday, January 21, 2022, said the investigation will help the government determine whether the protocols for transporting explosives in the country were adhered to so as to enable the government to put them in place appropriate measures to prevent such tragedy from occurring in the future.
“There is going to be a full-scale inquiry after the initial sequence of events have been properly gathered and an assessment made on whether or not the protocols for transporting materials of that nature were followed to the latter and if anybody, unfortunately, did not do the right thing, the necessary sanctions come to bear and if indeed there are lapses in the protocol, some more stringent measures will be put in place,” the Minister said.
At least 13 people have been confirmed dead with 59 people sustaining varying degrees of injury after a vehicle carrying mining explosives traveling from Tarkwa to Chirano collided with a motorcycle at Apiatse razing down houses in the community.
Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia led a government delegation including Minister for Interior, Minister of Information, Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, and officials of the Mineral Commission to commiserate with the families of the affected.
This Dr. Bawumia said the government will bear the cost of medical assistance and other support for the families of those affected and it will through the State Housing Company (SHC) provide affordable housing for those whose houses were destroyed in the explosion.