The Human Rights Reporters Ghana (HRRG), a media advocacy cum human rights non-governmental organization has expressed utter shock over the unfortunate and almost preventable incident of deadly explosion which reportedly claimed over 13 lives leaving other 59 persons battling with varying degrees of injuries on January 20 2022 at Appiatse near Bogoso in the Western North Region of Ghana.
In a statement signed by its Executive Director, Joseph Wemakor copied to the media, HRRG expressed its deepest condolences to the affected persons, their families including residents of Appiatse for their plight.
“HRRG, whose sole aim is to bring to light and seek remedy for women, girls and children who are victims of human rights abuses in the country, commiserates with victims of the explosion of the truck conveying mining explosives intended for the Chirano gold mines which reportedly collided with a motorcycle, causing the lives of innocent residents and rendering about 954 homeless, according to the National Disaster Management Organization (NAMDO).”
HRRG lauded the state institutions for responding swiftly to the aftermath of the disaster to bring the situation under control and to avert further causalities.
While appealing to the government’s commission of enquiry to corroborate reports by launching full scale investigation into the true sequence of events as a result of inconsistent reports on the saga, the vibrant rights group equally called for massive support towards the victims and survivors alike to enable them get back on their feet’s.
“For instance, initial reports indicated the motorcycle rider had died instantly on the scene but he comes out to deny this assertion.
This leaves us with more questions than answers, therefore lend support attempts to bring full closure to this incident as we hope to expend more energy on the recovery of devastated families and their reintegration into society”, the statement concluded.
Read the full statement below: