Member of Parliament for the Madina Constituency, Lawyer Francis-Xavier Sosu has called for an investigation into the Apiate explosion which occurred on Thursday January 20.
In a Facebook post sighted by thenewgh.com, the MP said he is saddened by the loss of lives and wished the injured a speedy recovery. He also said the cause of the explosion must be quickly investigated.
“the cause of the explosion must quickly be investigated and relief brought to the people”
He said he is certain that the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources would take special interest in the issue more especially with compliance issues provided under the Minerals and Mining (Explosives) Regulations, 2012 (L.I. 2177)
Serious matters of human rights violations and livelihoods he said have been lost and the incident also raises serious issues of government’s lack of action and potential regulatory failures.
On Thursday January 20, an explosion in Bogoso-Apiate in the Western Region led to the death of 13 people with scores injured.
According to the Ghana Police Service, there was an accident involving a DAF truck with registration number WR 2252-18 which was transporting explosives from the MAXAM company in Tarkwa to the Chirano Gold Mines and a motorcycle.
According to the Police, the rider of the motorcycle was from the opposite direction of the road and rode under the DAF truck. This led to the disaster as the motorcycle caught fire and ignited the explosives before it burst into flames.