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Bawumia Commissions First Phase of Appiatse Reconstruction Project

The redeveloped community, now connected to the national grid, boasts of tarred roads, access to clean water and modern amenities such as a kindergarten and a six-unit classroom block with sanitation facilities

Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has officially commissioned and handed over the first phase of the reconstructed Appiatse Community in the Prestea Huni-Valley Municipality of the Western Region.

The newly constructed 124 housing units feature a range of two to seven-bedroom homes, complete with modern kitchen and toilet facilities.

The redeveloped community, now connected to the national grid, boasts of tarred roads, access to clean water and modern amenities such as a kindergarten and a six-unit classroom block with sanitation facilities.

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This project has transformed the Appiatse Community, which was devastated by an explosion on Thursday, January 20, 2022, into a modern town. Dr. Bawumia stated that the redevelopment was evidence of restoring dignity to the victims.

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“Immediately after the incident, I led a delegation made up of Ministers of State, Heads of Security Services, officials from NADMO and other government officials to commiserate with the victims of the incident,” he said.

The vice president said he saw firsthand the devastation caused by the explosion and stand in solidarity with the survivors.

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“I saw at first hand the devastation the incident had caused with some of the people unfortunately losing their lives, while others suffered various degrees of injury. While we mourn those who lost their lives through the tragic incident, we stand in solidarity with the survivors who bore physical and emotional trauma,” Bawumia added.

He commended the heroic efforts of those who rescued and transported some of the injured to different health facilities.

On January 20, 2022, a motorbike collided with a truck transporting explosives for a gold mine in Bogoso, resulting in an explosion. Subsequently, a second blast occurred, destroying numerous buildings and causing injuries to many, with thirteen fatalities.

In response, the Appiatse Support Fund was launched to aid victims and reconstruct the community, leading to the inception of the Appiatse Redevelopment Project in September 2022. Lands and Natural Resources Minister, Mr. Samuel Abu Jinapor, praised the Vice President’s dedication to rebuilding the Appiatse Community.

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