A memorial service has been held in honour of the people who lost their lives in an explosion which occurred at Appiatse, a community in the Prestea Huni-Valley Municipality of the Western Region last year.
The disaster, which happened a year ago, claimed 16 lives, injured over five hundred people, and destroyed the whole town, making it one of the worst explosion disasters recorded in the history of Ghana.
A minute silence was observed for the departed souls at the section of the Bogoso-Bawdie highway where the explosion happened, and later wreaths were laid at the Appiatse cemetery after prayers were said for them.
In attendance at the ceremony were Nana Obiri Boahene, a legal practitioner, Member of Parliament (MP) for Prestea Huni-Valley Constituency, Mr Robert Wisdom Cudjoe, and the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Prestea Huni-Valley, Dr Isaac Dasmani.
The rest were; representatives from the Minerals Commission, Security Agencies, the National Ambulance Service, the Ghana Red Cross Society, religious leaders, traditional authorities, and a cross-section of the public.
Dr Isaac Dasmani expressed gratitude to the government, institutions, Non-Governmental Organizations, religious and Muslim groups and individuals for their contributions and support during and before the disaster.
Mr Robert Wisdom Cudjoe, MP for Huni-Valley constituency, called on regulatory bodies to ensure that trucks that conveyed explosives to mining sites got the needed escorts to prevent similar accidents from reoccurring.
Nana Nteboah Prah IV, Divisional Chief of Prestea Himan Traditional Area, appealed to the Ministry of Education to integrate basic safety into their curriculum to keep students safe in emergency situations.
Some victims shared memories of the disaster with the media and praised the government for the construction of the 124 housing units ranging from single to seven bedrooms.
It would be recalled that on Thursday, January 20, 2022, a Maxam company truck that was carrying explosives was involved in an accident at Appiatse, which claimed 16 lives and destroyed the entire Appiatse community.