2,500 Victims Cry For Compensation: 2015 Peabo Explosion

A dynamite explosion which occurred two years ago at Peabo near Nsawam and affected about 2500 people and 401 houses has forced residents of the community to appeal to the government to intervene for them to be compensated.

The explosion allegedly caused by activities of the mining company injured many and destroyed properties worth millions of cedis. The former DCE of Nsawam, Mark Dompreh who made this appeal on behalf of the victims said that majority of the suffered victims could not work, and were “reeling under serious financial difficulties.” Life has become difficult for the victims and they have to now depend on the generosity of well wishes as well as relatives.

Mr. Dompreh said the Interior Minister on the floor of Parliament indicated that the A.K.Y Mining Company had lodged a cheque of GHC 1Billion with the ministry to be disbursed to the victims but none of them received a dime.

“The money A.K.Y Mining Company has lodged with the Ministry for Interior is very inadequate for the victims whose over 354 houses were captured by the National Disaster Management Organisation,” Mr. Dompreh said.

 

He also added that the residents of Peabo would like to know when the Attorney General’s Office will review the report and adivce the government on what to do.

“We believe that two years is obviously a very long time and taking action is long overdue.” he stated.

Source: Ghana/Ghanaian times