After the Bogoso-Apeatse explosion disaster, an update was given by Hon. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, Ghana's current Information Minister, indicating that the death toll recorded so was 17, with injuries standing at 59. However, the leadership of Bogoso Traditional Council has cleared the air. It has now been confirmed that the death toll is standing at 40, according to the Chief of Bogoso, Osabarima Kwasi Dompreh . This update was captured by Angel TV/FM and monitored by Mynewsgh.
This clearly indicates that there is possibly more trouble looming in the community since searching and rescuing of victims is not yet over. Although a joint and collaborative taskforce, involving the Police, Military and Explosives Experts have been deployed to the site of the incident, this should not conclusively mean that things in the community seem better. There is more work to be done so far as this disaster is concerned; hence, the Government must empower all the necessary experts, with the best tools and equipment to reverse the situation, as quickly as possible.
Meanwhile, this article has also featured a few questions about the whole incident, which are begging answers.
A couple of questions have been on my mind since the news of the explosion in the Western region broke yesterday.
What if it wasn't Apeatse?
What if the explosion happened in Takoradi, Sekondi, Essikado, Tarkwa or even in the Prestea Township? What if the explosion happened in a popular urban area in the Greater-Accra Region?
What security and safety protocol are mining companies required to follow when transporting explosives?
Are there designated routes for the transportation of explosives?
Which regulatory institution is charged with the responsibility to oversee the importation and transportation of explosives, and why must it fail to perform such responsibilities after being paid monthly?
This accident only brings into sharp focus, the total lack of respect for the Ghanaian life and how greedy corporations operating in this Country with the sole aim of maximizing their profit, continue to threaten the safety of Citizens, with government completely unconcerned about it?
Otherwise how on earth, would such mega explosives be transported on our roads, share the road with unsuspecting road users and pedestrians without any fire and safety escort?
On a daily basis we see tankers transporting LPG and fuel in this temperate zone where temperatures can skyrocket to about 37 degrees without any fire and safety escort.
We did not learn anything from the June 3rd flood and fire disaster, we did not learn anything from the atomic gas explosion and we certainly won't learn anything from Apeatse!
Maintenance and Safety is just not in our DNA.
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