Another Disaster Looms As Quarry Company Allegedly Store Explosives At Buoho-Achina Residential Area

Residents of Buoho-Achina in the Afigya Kwabre South District of the Ashanti Region are currently living in fear due to the alleged storage of dynamites in the area.

The suspected dynamites, according to residents, have been stored in a 40 feeter container at a residential area closer to a stone blasting site in the area. Some residents in the area who agreed to speak to this reporter on condition of anonymity lamented that the “dangerous" siting of the suspected dynamites in the residential area is making them have sleepless nights following the explosion at Bogoso last week.

A resident who lives few meters away from the container said the situation is creating so much fear in residents of the area.

And with the recent explosion at Appiatse still fresh in the minds of many Ghanaians, the residents are calling on agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Ghana Mines Commission to as a matter of urgency, see to the relocation of the suspected dynamites.

"Honestly, I have been in constant fear since I heard the recent explosion at Appiatse," A resident and a taxi driver in the area lamented. He added, "this container storing the alleged dynamites have been here for several years and it's just until recently that we learnt about how dangerous the product could be."

One woman who spoke to this reporter said the swift relocation of the container would go a long way to avert any disaster in the area.

They disclosed that multiple stone quarry sites have been operating near the residential area in the community making life uncomfortable.

They claimed that relevant regulatory institutions either failed to execute their duties or were complicit in their job. Meanwhile, the Director of ESM Quarries Limited Mr Sarpong, the owners of the container has vehemently denied the allegations of dynamite stored in the area He challenged anyone who doubt their stand to visit the site and verify the content in the container.

But the residents hold strong their belief that the container contains a dangerous substance.

Story by: Jacob Agyenim Boateng