The Minority in Parliament has called for an independent probe into the circumstances leading to Thursday afternoon’s Appiatse explosion which has so far claimed some 17 lives and left some 59 others injured.
According to a report from the Ghana Police Service, a mining vehicle loaded with explosives was moving from Tarkwa and headed towards the Chirano mines when it collided with a motorcycle resulting in the explosion which in addition to the loss of lives, flattened most of the buildings in the area.
But the Minority believes this incident could have been avoided “because there are strict laid down protocols to be followed during transportation of such explosives in accordance with LI2177.”
“It is our firm conviction that with strict regulatory enforcement and compliance of protocols, this unfortunate incident could have been averted.”
A statement issued and signed by Ranking Member of the Mines and Energy Committee, John Jinapor in demanding the enquiry said it will among others prevent such a recurrence in future.
“The Minority is therefore calling for an impartial enquiry into this heart-wrenching accident and unfortunate loss of at least seventeen lives and destruction of several properties. This enquiry among others will prevent the recurrence of such an incident in the future.”