• Fri. Aug 12th, 2022

Government fine Maxam company $6M for Appiatse explosion

The authorities punished Maxam, the business at the center of the explosion that shook Apiate last month, $6 million.

Samuel Abu Jinapor, the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, made the announcement in Accra.

The Minister stated in a news release that the corporation has accepted the punishment and is working with the government to pay it.

The sum is made up of a $1 million fine and $5 million that the corporation agreed to pay to the government following prolonged discussions with the Ministry.

The fine was imposed, according to the statement, after the report of the three-member committee appointed by the Minister to conduct independent investigations into the matter found that the company had broken some regulations in the manufacture, storage, and transportation of explosives for mining and other civil works.

The Minister imposed the hefty fine due to the nature and totality of the circumstances leading to this tragic incident, according to the Statement.

The penalties for the said breaches, according to L.I. 2177, range from 600 Ghana Cedis (GHS600.00) to ten thousand United States Dollars (USD10,000).

The Minister has also imposed fourteen (14) requirements on the corporation before its operating permit can be restored.

Sanctions against Jocyderk Logistics Limited and Arthanns Enterprise and Transport Services, two entities engaged in the terrible Appiate incident, are also being assessed, according to the statement, and will be applied and publicized in due time.

The Information Ministry stated on Thursday, January 20, night that 17 people had perished as a result of the explosion.
Out of the 76 people rescued, 59 were injured.

Following the tragedy, Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah issued a statement saying: “As of 17:00 hours, a total of seventeen (17) people have been confirmed dead, and fifty-nine (59) injured persons have been rescued, bringing the total number of people known to have been affected by the tragedy to seventy-six (76).”

“Fourty-two (42) of the fifty-nine (59) injured people are receiving care, with some in serious condition.”

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