he Minerals Commission has on Thursday, 3 February, 2022 donated an amount of 2,000,000 Ghana Cedis to the Appiatse Support Fund to among others support the victims of the unfortunate incident and facilitate the speedy reconstruction of the Appiatse community.
In her remarks the Chairperson of the Minerals Commission Board, Hon. Barbara Oteng-Gyasi said it is out of sympathy for the people of Appiatse that they give such an amount to the community and hope that it will ease the work of the Committee and to also bring the needed relief to the survivors of the explosion.
She gave a fervent assurance saying ” we will as much as practicable facilitate the investigation into the explosion and into the ongoing review of the legal, regulatory, health, safety and technical regime of the mining industry under the Minerals and Mining explosive regulations (2012), LI 2177 as well as the Minerals and Mining Health and Safety, Technical Regulations 2012, LI 2182″.
She said without a doubt the appropriate sanctions will be applied where required on the conclusion of the investigation while reaffirming the Commission’s commitment to improving standards and increasing sensitization on safety for all.
She noted that they are hopeful the gesture will also “ginger” others to donate to the fund so that government will soon restore the lives of the people in the community.
Receiving the donation on behalf of the Committee, the Chairperson Dr. Joyce Aryee thanked the Commission for the generous gesture and also hoped that the purpose of the hastag “Obiaa ntua bi” which translates as Everyone Should contribute” will become a reality.
The Chairperson said good things take time and therefore called on the leaders and people of Appiatse to have a little patience while they gather the funds to rebuild the city.
” I really wish the community would be built within a very short period but we would need so much to start and therefore I know it’s hard but we plead your patience to do this well because good things takes time and if must be done, it must be done well” she pleaded.
She also called on the various Mining Companies to do things right and ensure that this tragedy does not reoccur in the country.