Minister of Lands and Natural Resources Samuel A. Jinapor has intimated that the government will take action against those discovered to be responsible for the explosion at Apiate in the Western Region, emphasising that no one will be spared if they are found to have shied away from accountability.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, he claims, has taken a close interest in the matter and would punish anyone who broke the rules in the lead up to the disaster that lost the lives of several Ghanaians.
He also vowed that the committee’s recommendations and findings will be implemented by the government to ensure that such occurrences do not occur again in our country.
“I want to reassure the country that the president is absolutely committed to ensuring that anybody is found to be responsible or to have broken any rule will be subjected to the full force of the law.” We shall learn whatever lessons we need to learn, and we will do so objectively.
On Tuesday, February 1, 2022, Hon. Samuel A. Jinapor gave the assurance when the government-appointed committee to investigate the Apiate incident presented its report to him through the Ministry.
He stated that the committee’s work and report are separate from and “without prejudice” to ongoing investigations by the Ghana Police Service and other government agencies.
The committee’s report, according to Hon. Jinapor, will serve as a guide to the government on the steps that should be taken to avoid such situations and improve mining safety.
Mr. Ben Aryee, the committee’s Chairman, praised members of the committee for their sacrifice and thanked the Minister for placing his trust in them to complete the work.
“I am certain beyond a shadow of a doubt that the government will put the committee’s extensive, dispassionate, and impartial work into effect,” he said.
Mr. Benjamin Aryee chairs three member committees that also include Mr. Peter Awuah and Mr. Cletus Alengah.