Akufo-Addo mourns victims of Bogoso explosion
President Akufo-Addo has expressed sadness about Thursday afternoon’s explosion at Apiate near Bogoso in the Western Region which resulted in the death of dozens of residents.
While consoling the bereaved families, Nana Akufo-Addo wished the injured a speedy recovery.
In a series of tweets, the president said, “I have just received a briefing on the circumstances that led to an explosion in Appiate near Bogoso, in the Western Region, resulting in the loss of lives and the destruction of properties belonging to residents. It is a truly sad, unfortunate and tragic incident, and I extend, on behalf of Government, deep condolences to the families of the deceased, and I wish the injured a speedy recovery.”
Bogoso is a mining community in the Prestea-Huni Valley District, Western Region.
Preliminary investigations by the police say a vehicle transporting explosives to a mining site collided with a motorcycle, causing the explosion.
According to the police, most victims have been rescued and are receiving treatment at various hospitals within the Bogoso Municipality.
The bodies of those who were killed have since been conveyed to the morgue.
The Police, Ghana Armed Forces and NADMO are collaborating to contain the situation.
President Akufo-Addo has also instructed NADMO to promptly deliver relief to residents of the community.
“Government will spare no effort to ensure a rapid return to a situation of normalcy for residents of Appiate,” he said.
Resources and personnel have since been deployed to effectively handle the situation.
Members of the public have also been advised to vacate the area to nearby towns while recovery efforts are underway.