BOGOSO EXPLOSION: Government Launches ‘Apiate Support Fund’ For Victims (VIDEO + PICS)

The Government of Ghana through the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources has officially launched an Apiate Support Fund for persons affected by the recent Bogoso explosion.

According to the government, the support fund will among others also provide relief to the victims.

Speaking at the launch, the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abu Jinapor said “The committee has been tasked to raise sufficient funds for the Apiate Support Fund. They are also to supervise the disbursement of the fund in accordance with the standard of integrity and transparency for the sole benefit of the people of Apiate”

The Minister also mentioned that he is confident that given the caliber of citizens assembled, they will execute the task in a fair, transparent, and prudent manner.

Mr. Abu Jinapor further called on Ghanaians, residents of Ghana, companies, civil society organizations to generously contribute to the noble endeavor.

The Lands Minister used the occasion to outdoor a five-member committee who will spree-head the Apiate Support Fund agenda.

The Minister told journalists that the move was an instruction from President Akufo-Addo.

Mr. Jinapor introduced the Founder of Salt and Light Ministry, Rev. Dr. Joyce Aryee as the chairperson of the five-member committee.

On her part, Chairperson of the Apiate Support Fund, Rev. Dr. Joyce Aryee thanked President Akufo-Addo and Hon. Abu Jinapor for the opportunity lead the team and promised to do their best.

“We ask that the reason that this Fund has been set up will be fully realized that the people of Apiate will know that we live in a nation that is compassionate, under a government that cares deeply for every single person”

She assured that Ghanaians will soon see great things happening from the Apiate Support Fund.

She called on the media to support the agenda.

It will be recalled that Vice President Bawumia on behalf of the government last week donated an amount of GHc200,000 as a seed fund to support families that were hit by the Bogoso tragedy.

The five board members include Chairperson Rev. Dr. Joyce Aryee, Former CEO of the Ghana Chamber of Mines, Tetrete Okuamoah Sakyi II, Omanhene of Wassa Amenfi Traditional Area, and a Member of the Western Regional House of Chief and Board Chairman of the Forestry Commission.

The others are; Philip Owiredu, Managing Director of CAL Bank, and Dr. Antoinette Tsiboe-Darko, Senior Lecturer at the University of Ghana.

Also, a representative from the Ghana Chamber of Mines was included as a member of the board.

Below are some pictures and a video:

Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith