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Appiatse explosion: “The Ministry of Lands is not transparent about the Committee’s conclusions” – Minority

Edward Bawa is MP for Bongo and member of the Energy and Mines Committee

The minority in Parliament expressed their disappointment and dissatisfaction with the Lands Minister’s report on the findings of the committee investigating the Appiatse explosion.

Caucus members said they will soon make their own assessment of the incident which killed 13 people and left many others homeless.

Addressing Members of Parliament (MPs) on Thursday after an urgent question tabled by Bongo MP Edward Bawa on the findings of the Appiatse Committee, the Lands Minister said Maxam had breached six mining regulations.

Samuel Abu Jinapor revealed that Maxam, the company at the center of the explosion, was guilty of violating six different regulations, including subcontracting the transport of explosives to an unlicensed company.

He, however, declined to release the full investigation report, saying it would be more prudent to release Professor Amankwah’s committee report which addresses emerging challenges in the mining sector.

But a member of the mines and energy committee, Edward Bawa, argued that the ministry may be concealing some particular details of the whole incident.

“Based on what the Minister came to read to us in Parliament, [we doubt] whether these things are consistent with what was found in the report. Therefore, publish the report and let us all see on what basis the Committee reached these conclusions and on the basis of which the recommendations were made. »

“If you come to give me only the conclusions and the recommendations, and that’s what you tell me, what is the challenge of making this particular report public? The ministry is not transparent with us, the ministry is just hiding something that we are not too sure about,” MP Bongo said.

He says the minority will assess the scene of the explosion to determine what exactly led to the unfortunate incident.

“I had a conversation with some of my senior colleagues on the Committee who have been in the industry longer than I have. Indeed, we plan to go there ourselves. It’s basically about hearing from the people themselves.

“When we have the true story of the people who have been through the horror and we compare that with the laws that we have, and then the fact that we have a superintendent role over the Minerals Commission and the department itself, we can then call them,” he revealed.

Meanwhile, the ministry said a health and safety commission of inquiry had been set up to review the entire mining industry health and safety regime and make policy recommendations to the government. legislative and other reforms.

The committee will soon submit its report to the ministry and the necessary recommendations will be implemented to make the industry safer and better.