In January this year, at least 13 people were killed with several more injured in Appiate, a community in the western Ghana when a truck loaded with mining explosives detonated.
On May 15, 2022, the government began rebuilding of the collapsed Appiate community. Before this, a fund was set up to raise money to support the community getting back to its former self.
This notwithstanding the former President says although government support after the disaster is appreciated more needs to be done to sustain the livelihood of residents of the area.
“In response to complaints about the reduction in voluntary relief support to the people, I handed over a quantity of food and non-food items to the Member of Parliament for Prestea Huni Valley, the Municipal Chief Executive, and the Appiate Disaster Relief Committee to be made available to the people, he said.
“I also presented them with an amount of money to support the further treatment of some of the injured victims”.
“In my remarks, I reiterated the concern of the affected community about compensation and urged the government to act proactively to ensure that the people are supported to bring their lives back on track. The people have appreciated the response and support from the government after the disaster but their continued livelihoods are also important”, he added.
President Mahama made these remarks when he visited the town last Tuesday to interact with the chiefs, the Appiate Disaster Relief Committee, and the people of the community.
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