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One of the world’s leading explosives manufacturer and technical services provider, operating in Tarkwa in the Western Region, has been ordered by Ambrose Dery, the Minister of Interior, to address all the shortfalls in its operations within eight weeks.

“With magazines, the new regulation is that, there should be bunkers erected on the four sizes of the magazines to ensure that in case of any explosion, the horizontal movement of the explosion would be contained within the bunkers, and can only go vertically up which l believe would reduce any collateral damage that may be caused,” he said while addressing the media on Thursday Janury 20.

Mr. Dery revealed that a visist he made to the company recently with other officials from the Ministry, indicated no protective clothing like jackets, helmet and goggles were provided for them, whereas similar companies ensured that they had those items immediately they arrived at their premises.

“When you go into the yard it looks so disorganized that you cannot be sure that their security is up to speed, and if the security is not up to the task, there is the possibility of some explosives getting into the wrong hands,” he said.

The Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources through the Inspectorate Division of the Minerals Commission is investigating circumstances leading to the accident involving the transportation of explosives at Apiate a community near Bogoso in the Western Region on Thursday 21st January, 2022.

This is inline with the Minerals and Mining(Explosives)Regulations, 2012 (L.I.2177), a statement said.

“The investigation will among others help govt to determine whether the regulations covering transportation of explosives were complied with and also what led to the unfortunate tragedy.

Preliminary investigations established that a mining explosive vehicle moving from Tarkwa to Chirano mines collided with a motorcycle resulting in the explosion, the Police has said.

“Reference to our earlier emergency public notice, the Police have taken charge of the situation providing security to enable the emergency workers including the Ghana National Fire Service, NADMO and the Ambulance Service to manage the situation.

“The public has been advised to move out of the area to nearby towns for their safety while recovery efforts are underway.An appeal is also being made to nearby towns to open up their classrooms, churches etc to accommodate surviving victims.

“Meanwhile, preliminary investigation has established that a mining explosive vehicle moving from Tarkwa to Chirano mines collided with a motorcycle resulting in the explosion. Most of the victims have been rescued and are on admission at various hospitals and clinics within the Bogoso Municipality.

“Reinforcement of resources and personnel have been deployed to effectively handle the incident. We continue to urge the public to remain calm as we manage the situation. Further updates regarding the emergency evacuation of the injured will be communicated in due course,” a statement said.

The Police had assured that it was managing the situation.

An earlier statement by the Police on Thursday January 20 said “Emergency Public Notice!A huge explosion occurred this afternoon, Thursday, January 20, 2022, at Apiate between Bogoso and Bawdie in the Western Region.

“The Police and other emergency service providers have activated a full emergency recovery exercise. We urge all to remain calm as we manage this unfortunate situation.”

By Laud Nartey||Ghana

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