He was on admission at the Tarkwa Municipal Hospital and the doctors had arranged to airlift him to Korle-Bu because of his bad condition.
The huge explosion happened when a vehicle carrying dynamite to the Chirano Gold Mine in the Bibiani-Anhwiaso-Bekwai Municipality hit a motorbike at Bogoso-Appiate, a farming/mining community in the Prestea-Huni-Valley Municipality, and the explosives detonated.
The Chief Inspector of Mines, who by law is the chief inspector of explosives and is responsible for the supervision of the manufacture, storage, transportation and use of explosives for mining and mine support services, has been interdicted on the orders of the Lands and Natural Resources Minister, Samuel Abu Jinapor.
The Minister, additionally directed the Chief Executive Officer of the Minerals Commission to suspend the registration of Maxam Company Limited, precluding the company from the manufacture, transportation or supply of explosives for mining operations until the outcome of investigations into the tragic accident is known.
The company has since been shut down. Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, says the government is going to conduct full-scale investigations into the deadly blast.
The death toll has now risen to 14 and dozens of people are currently receiving treatment in various hospitals for the injuries they suffered.
“There is going to be a full-scale enquiry after the initial sequence of events have been properly gathered and an assessment made on whether or not the protocols for transporting materials of that nature were followed to the letter and if anybody unfortunately did not do the right thing, the necessary sanctions come to bear and if indeed there are lapses in the protocol, some more stringent measures will be put in place.”
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