Appiatse community reconstruction project: Bawumia commissions 124 homes

Two years after the unfortunate tragedy that devastated Appiatse, a community in the Prestea-Huni Valley district of the Western Region, the Vice President, Dr. Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia, commissioned and handed over a 124-unit housing project that officially signifies the resettlement of residents. of the community.

The newly built structures which were commissioned by the Vice President on Thursday, May 2, 2024, range from one to seven bedroom units, with upgraded facilities, including a market, six-unit classrooms and kindergarten blocks, internal roads, water. and electricity, a drainage system and a water storage system.

Addressing a gathering of elated and relieved residents as well as chiefs of Appiatse and its surrounding communities, Dr Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia firstly paid tribute to those who lost their lives in the incident and sent words of comfort to their families. .

Dr Mahamudu Bawumia noted that the completion of Phase II of the Appaitse Reconstruction Project is indicative of the resilience, compassion and indomitable spirit of the people of Appaitse as well as the entire country.

He paid glowing tributes to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for his dedication and commitment to ensuring that the people of Appiatse were resettled into spacious, modern and environmentally friendly housing structures that would ensure their tranquility and growth.

Detailing the President’s personal contribution and his absolute interest in the Appiatse Reconstruction Project, Dr. Alhaji Bawumia said: “President Akufo-Addo was the first person to donate to the Appiatse Support Fund, a sign of his compassion and dedication towards rebuilding this community.

In addition to his donation, President Akufo-Addo ordered that five million dollars (US$5,000,000.00) of the six million dollar (US$6,000,000.00) administrative fine imposed on the company in the center of the explosion will be paid to the Appiatse Support Fund. to support the victims of the incident and the reconstruction of this community. Such a selfless and compassionate gesture.

Shedding further light on the contributions of key stakeholders, including the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, was delivered by the sector’s Minister, Hon. Samuel A. Jinapor, Dr. Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia, recounted that immediately after the incident, the government, through the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, initiated measures to ensure that the burden on residents was reduced and instituted a process for resettlement of the residents.

Describing the Minister of Lands as “Bulldozer”, Dr Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia spoke glowingly of him for his keen interest and commitment in ensuring that the Appiatse project became a reality and also praised the members of the Appiatse Reconstruction Committee chaired by the former Vice Minister of Lands. and the person in charge of Forest Natural Resources Benito Owusu Bio for their efforts.
“We are grateful to all who offered support in our time of need, whether through words of comfort, a listening ear, the provision of a need or a temporary place of residence or a contribution towards it; but, very importantly, to all, both corporate and individual Ghanaians, who, out of the generosity of their hearts, contributed in cash and in kind to support the rebuilding of the new Appiatse that we commissioned today. It is my prayer that the Almighty God abundantly replenishes all that you sacrificed. We are also grateful to the various committees, the Appiatse Support Fund, the Appiatse Implementation Committee, the experts, consultants, contractors and many others whose selfless dedication has brought us this far.

“To the tireless Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel A. Jinapor, who has led this project from the beginning to date, I thank him for his exemplary leadership and dedication. His commitment and tireless zeal to see this project completed have been unwavering. That’s why I refer to him as “Minister Bulldozer.” He just gets the job done. I am aware of the several visits he made to this community to evaluate the progress of the work and ensure that the contractors execute the project on time. The people of Appiatse are grateful for his services. “I count on his dedication to ensure the completion of Phase 3 of this important project,” he said.

Dr. Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia firmly assured that since the incident, the government has employed various measures and interventions to prevent the same from happening again and also assured the chiefs and residents that the government will continue to provide support to them and ensure that their living conditions life improve. an ascending curve.

For his part, the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel A. Jinapor, congratulated the residents and chiefs of Appiatse for their collaboration and patience throughout the period.

He highlighted Dr. Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia as a leader who, from the beginning, provided a visionary and fatherly role to the people of Appiatse and remained with them every step of the way. He recalled that a day after the incident, the Vice President visited the grieving community and assured them of his commitment to see their pain turned into joy and the competition for Phase II of the project fulfill the promise.

He also commended the committee led by Mr. Benito Owusu-Bio for their tireless role in the project and also sympathized with those who lost their lives in the process. He did not leave out the chairperson of the board of directors of the Minerals Commission and parliamentary candidate of the area for the New Patriotic Party, Barbara Oteng Gyasi, for her commitment to the project.

Benito Owusu-Bio, Chairman of Appiatse Reconstruction, expressed his gratitude to the government and expressed his enthusiasm for the project tender.

The ceremony, which was attended by senior government officials including the Chairman of the Appiatse Reconstruction Implementation Committee, Mr. Benito Owusu-Bio, the Western Regional Minister, H Kwabena Okyere Darko, the Minister of Information Designate , Fatimatu Abubakar, among others, also saw the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, commence construction of a 70-unit housing project which is the third phase of the Appiatse reconstruction project.

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