26th January 2022
The Government has launched an endowment fund to support victims of Apiate Explosion. The fund was launched on Tuesday by the minister for lands and natural resources Hon. Samuel Abu Jinapor in Accra. According to the minister, proceeds from the fund will be used in reconstructing the affected houses and put the community back to its new phase.
He also commissioned a five member committee to see to the collection of all donations into the endowment fund. The committee is chaired by Dr. Joyce Aryee.
Hon. Jinapor expressed the hope that Ghanaians will generously contribute to the fund and rebuild Apiate. He also expressed the hope that the committee will do a good job and be accountable.
" Ghanaians have been known to be hospitable and compassionate, and we cannot ignore our own people who fell victim to this unfortunate event. On the instruction of the President, the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources has decided on the ' Appiate Support Fund' to raise funds to among other things support the people and reconstruct the community brought down by the explosion. His Excellency the president is happy to announce the five member committee to take charge of all donations that will come into this fund" , Samuel Jinapor said.
The Chairperson of the committee, Dr. Joyce Aryee thanked the president for reposing his confindence in the committee. She said the committee is willing to do the job assigned to it with the help of God. She also called on Ghanaians to willingly donate to the fund for the blessings of the Lord.
Apiate community was brought down following an explosion that occurred on Thursday. According to reports, the explosion preceded an accident between a van carrying dynamite and a tricycle. The compact reportedly caused the tricycle to catch fire igniting the explosive. A nearby transformer also caught fire and exploded leading to the devastation. This brought the entire Apiate community down. At the end of. four days rescue mission, 14 people were confirmed dead while 56 others sustained various degrees of injuries.
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