The Speaker of Parliament, Rt Hon. Alban S.K Bagbin has entreated Ghanaians to extend support to victims of Apiate tragedy.

“I entreat all Ghanaians to remember them in their prayers. I also encourage those in adjourning communities to open their doors to them. And to the rest of Ghanaians to offer whatever support they can by way of food, water, building materials, clothing, and anything essential to ease the grief of our fellow country men and women. Let us, in the proverbial Ghanaian spirit of love and hospitality, help them to rebuild their lives,” the Speaker said in a statement to commiserate with bereaved families and victims of Thursday’s explosion.

He, however, offered his condolences and prayers to the victims and their families urging them to take solace in the scriptures.

“Their pain and grief is unimaginable. But “the Lord is near to the broken-hearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18)”

The victims who are currently housed at the Parish Hall of the Catholic Church at Bogoso, in the Prestea Huni-Valley Municipality say they are yet to come to terms with their loss.

They are counting on the support of government and corporate bodies to put their lives together.

President Akufo–Addo is scheduled to visit Appiatse to assess the effectiveness of the response effort.

Meanwhile, Vice President Bawumia, Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, and some Explosives Expert Team have arrived at Appiate.

Background

A DAF van with registration number WR 2252-18 driven by Alfred Pappoe to Chirano Gold Mines in the Western North Region exploded on Thursday January 20, 2022.

The explosion occurred at a section of the road between Bogoso and Bawdie after a motorcycle rider from the opposite direction ran under the van carrying the explosives.

The motorcycle in the process caught fire, ignited the van, which burst into flames and exploded.

The driver of the van sustained a deep cut on the head and was rushed to Government Hospital, Tarkwa in the Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipality while the police escort escaped unhurt.

The police said a number of people including the motorbike rider are feared dead, while the explosion caused extensive damage to a nearby ECG transformer, leveled residential buildings and divided the main highway through the community.

The police added that vehicles plying the road were damaged while passengers and inhabitants sustained varying degrees of injuries.

Source: Ghana/Kasapafmonline.com/102.5 Fm