After months of anticipation, the restoration of the Appiatse village in the Prestea Huni-Valley in the Western Region began in earnest on Friday, September 2, 2022.
This comes after months of geological study and project evaluation to ensure that the town is rebuilt so that authorities can give shelter to the citizens.
At least 13 persons were killed and 179 were injured in an explosion that happened on Thursday, January 20, 2022, as a result of an alleged accident between a vehicle bringing explosives to a mining site and a tricycle.
During a visit to the Appiatse Community on Friday, September 2, Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources Benito Owusu-Bio, who also serves as Chairman of the Appiatse Reconstruction Implementation Team, revealed that the team had obtained approval from the Public Procurement Authority (Authority) to allow contractors to begin work on site after a series of processes.
He stated that five contractors have already arrived on site and that work has begun to restore the lives of the residents of Appiatse.
Fineness Elevation Limited, Savanna Grande Company Limited, Builders Company Limited, MegaTech Plus Engineering Solutions Limited, MackSams Limited, and McCastro Company Limited were involved in the building.
The Deputy Minister further advised that as soon as building work begins, they should ensure that a sufficient number of security personnel are present on site to dissuade intruders from trooping in and out of the site and to safeguard the safety of their workers.
Insisting on safety, he requested that while on-site, the contractors guarantee that their laborers completely adhere to the safety measures as and when required.
"For example, everyone must wear a helmet; you make sure they have safety boots, and those who do not follow these rules should be reprimanded to discourage others from doing the same," Benito Owusu urged the contractors.
He also entrusted each contractor with ensuring adequate and unambiguous delineation of their plots with caution tapes to avoid any mishaps, as well as erecting modest signboards on their lots to avoid contractor clashes and for simple identification.
He inquired regarding electricity for the location, stating that "after the electricity comes, guarantee that rigorous lights are set in place, and please make sure it is effective and sufficient."
He also asked the Rural Housing Team to guarantee that their machines arrived at the location as soon as feasible.
Mr. Owusu-Bio emphasized the government's commitment to establishing a green and model community, saying that the government will use the brick method for the construction in light of this green community concept.
To conclude, he congratulated some community members who had joined the contractors as laborers and encouraged them to do their best for the development of their town, while also urging the contractors to speed up their work because the team's next visit will be the formal sod cutting ceremony.
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