President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has made a personal donation of GHC100, 000 to the Apeate Support Fund established by Government to alleviate the plight of victims of the recent explosion disaster at Apeate.
The support fund was launched by the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel A. Jinapor, on behalf of government, to support the victims of the incident, and reconstruct the Apeate community.
The sector Minister also inaugurated a five-member committee, chaired by a former Minister and Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Chamber of Mines, Rev. Dr. Joyce Aryee, to manage the fund.
Dr. Aryee and her committee have been charged with the responsibility of raising sufficient funds and supervising its disbursement for the benefit of the Apeate community.
Mr Jinapor had earlier led a government delegation to inspect the community to begin the process of reconstruction.
At a short ceremony at Jubilee House, where he made the donation, President Akufo-Addo said the incident was an unfortunate one, which resulted in loss of life and property, injuries, and destruction of the entire community.
He said he was deeply saddened by the incident, indicating that was the reason for sending the Vice-President and other senior government officials to commiserate with the people.
The President also expressed his deepest condolences to the bereaved families, and wished the injured speedy recovery. He reaffirmed Government’s commitment to pay in full the medical bills of all the injured, as programmed efforts to provide adequate relief is rolled out by the government.
The President reiterated that government is committed to supporting the victims and rebuilding the community, and hence the establishment of the Fund.
He also said he had tasked the security agencies to conduct full investigations into the matter. Anyone found culpable, he stressed, would be made to face the full rigours of the law.
He called on all well-meaning Ghanaians and foreigners, as well as corporate Ghana, to donate generously to the Fund to speed up the reconstruction effort.
Receiving the donation, the Chairperson of the Apiate Support Fund Committee, Dr. Joyce Aryee, thanked the President for the generous gesture.
She hoped that the donation by the President would encourage more people to donate to the Fund to support the victims and the reconstruction of the community.