Apiate Explosion: Minister of Lands orders Chief Inspector of Mines to be detained
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Following the explosion near Bogoso in the Western Region, the Minister of Land and Natural Resources, Samuel Abu Jinapor, has directed the Chief Executive Officer of the Minerals Commission to suspend Maxam Company Limited’s registration with the Minerals Commission with immediate effect, preventing the company from manufacturing, transporting, and/or supplying explosives for mining operations, pending the outcome of the investigations into the incident. Apiate Explosion: Minister of Lands orders Chief Inspector of Mines to be detained.
“The Minister also, on 21st January 2022 directed the Chief Executive Officer of the Minerals Commission to interdict the Chief Inspector of Mines with immediate effect, pending the outcome of the ongoing investigations into the tragic event which took place at Apiate,” a statement said.
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The statement indicated that the Chief Inspector of Mines is responsible for the supervision of the manufacture, storage, transportation, and use of explosives for mining and mine support services.
Following the disaster on Thursday, January 20, the Police said its preliminary investigation established that a mining explosive vehicle moving from Tarkwa to Chirano mines collided with a motorcycle resulting in the explosion.
“Reference to our earlier emergency public notice, the Police have taken charge of the situation providing security to enable the emergency workers including the Ghana National Fire Service, NADMO, and the Ambulance Service to manage the situation.
“The public has been advised to move out of the area to nearby towns for their safety while recovery efforts are underway. An appeal is also being made to nearby towns to open up their classrooms, churches, etc to accommodate surviving victims.
“Meanwhile, a preliminary investigation has established that a mining explosive vehicle moving from Tarkwa to Chirano mines collided with a motorcycle resulting in the explosion. Most of the victims have been rescued and are on admission at various hospitals and clinics within the Bogoso Municipality.
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Thirteen people have so far died in relation to this accident.
Speaking to journalists on Friday, January 21, the Director-General, Public Affairs Directorate of the Police Service, ACP Kwasi Ofori said “It was misreported that they were dead but when they were taken to the hospital, the medical officers certified that they were not clinically dead and as such, they were admitted and treatment is ongoing. So it is 13 and we should take note of that.”