President Akufo-Addo donates GHS 100,000 to Appiatse Support Fund

President Akufo-Addo has sanctioned some major reliefs as part of efforts to set the economy on the path of recovery and back to its pre-Covid-19 levels. The reliefs include opening of the country's land borders, easing of general Covid-19 restrictions and measures to arrest deprecation of the currency. Additional reliefs also include measures to tackle the rising fuel prices occasioned by the global economic turmoil brought on by the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict, and measures to address the persistent rise in prices of goods and services. The reliefs were sanctioned at a three-day Cabinet Retreat that took place over the weekend at Peduase in the Eastern Region, where President Akufo Addo and his Cabinet Ministers reviewed data on the effects of the Covid-19 on all sectors of the economy that had led to blowbacks resulting from the ongoing conflict. The Minister of information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, in a tweet last disclosed that the essence of the retreat was to enable the government to proffer solutions to ease the burden on Ghanaians. In the coming days, details will be announced, including when and how borders will be opened, the removal of some testing protocols, shoring up the currency and further cutting expenditures and detailed steps to be taken on the petroleum price increase while assuring growth. The Minister told journalists on the side-lines of the retreat. It is expected that the President, Finance Minister, Ken Ofori- Atta, and other Sector Ministers, as well as the Bank of Ghana in the coming days will provide details on the reliefs and affected sectors. The reliefs are also expected to answer questions posed by economic watchers on how the government will respond to the current global economic challenges. / Appiatse Support Fund
President Akufo-Addo

The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Thursday, January 27, 2022, made a personal donation of One Hundred Thousand Ghana Cedis (GHS100,000) to the Appiatse Support Fund which has been established by Government following the Appiatse explosion

Launching the Fund at the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, the Sector Minister, and Member of Parliament for Damongo Constituency, Samuel Abu Jinapor, said the Fund is to, among other things, support the victims, and reconstruct the Appiatse Community.

The Minister has also inaugurated a five-member Committee, chaired by a former Minister and Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Chamber of Mines, Rev. Dr. Joyce Aryee, to manage the fund, with the charge to raise sufficient funds, and supervise its disbursement in accordance with the highest standards of integrity and transparency for the benefit of the Appiatse Community.

The Minister later led a Government delegation to inspect the Community to begin the process of reconstruction.

With this donation, the President becomes the first person to donate to the Fund.

At a short ceremony at Jubilee House where the donation was made, the President said the incident was an unfortunate one which resulted in the loss of life and property, injuries, and the destruction of an entire Community.

He said he was deeply saddened by the incident, and that thus sent the Vice President, and other senior Government Officials, to commiserate with the people.

The President expressed his deepest condolences to the bereaved families and wished the injured speedy recovery. He reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to pay in full the medical bills of all the injured.

The President also said the Government was committed to supporting the victims and rebuilding the Community, hence the establishment of the Fund.

He said the donation was his personal donation, and that the Government will support the Fund with the necessary resources to rebuild the Community.

President Akufo Addo said he has tasked the security agencies to conduct full and impartial investigations into the matter, and anyone found culpable will be made to face the law.

He called on all well-meaning Ghanaians and foreigners, as well as Corporate Ghana, to donate generously to the Fund to speed up the reconstruction of the Community.

Receiving the donation, Chairperson of the Appiatse Support Fund Committee, Dr. Joyce Aryee thanked the President for the generous gesture. She said she hoped that the donation by the President will encourage more people to donate to the Fund to support the victims and the reconstruction of the Community.

The Appiatse Support Fund was established following an explosion which occurred when a truck carrying explosives for mining was involved in an accident in the town. Thirteen people died from the incident while more than a hundred people suffered various degrees of injuries. The community was razed down by the explosion. The Government established the Fund to support the Community.

The Appiatse Support Fund is being managed by Tetrete Okuamoah Sakyi II, Omanhene of Wassa Amenfi Traditional Area, Mr. Philip Owiredu, Managing Director of Cal Bank, Dr. Antoinette Tsiboe-Darko, a Senior Lecturer at the University of Ghana and Mr. Sulemanu Koney, the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Chamber of Mines.



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