Ghana’s Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has assured victims of the Apiatse gas explosion that government will rehabilitate and rebuild houses for them.
Several people at Bogoso-Apiate in the Western Region lost their lives after a huge gas explosion on Thursday, January 20, 2022.
The unfortunate incident occurred after a truck conveying explosive material for a mining company, a motorcycle and a third vehicle close to an electricity transformer collided.
The explosion led to the destruction of some parts of the town, and resulted in injuries and death of some residents.
After the incident, a delegation led by Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the Interior Minister, Mr. Ambrose Dery, the Inspector General of Police, George Akuffo Dampare, went to the scene to assess the situation and see best ways to support affected persons.
Speaking to the media and residents, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia noted that about 179 families have been affected by the disaster.
He indicated that almost 160 persons have been injured.
According to Dr. Bawumia, the government will do its best to support the families of the deceased.
For the rehabilitation and rebuilding of the affected houses, he said government will engage State Housing Corporation and Mining Companies in the communities in order to put in place facilities that would help those who have been displaced.
“For the houses that have been destroyed, we are already beginning to think about how to rehabilitate and rebuild for the community here. So I want to assure Nananom that His Excellency the President has given us directives, I have already spoken to the State Housing corporation and in consultation with the mining communities and companies around here, we will quickly try to put in place that will help those who have been displaced,” he said.