The Apiate Support Fund which was set up to mobilize funds for the rebuilding of Apiate– a village that was destroyed by explosion– has received more than GHS 37 million.
This was revealed by the chairperson of the committee, Reverend Doctor Joyce Rosalind Aryee, in an interview with Piesie Okrah on Dwaboase on TV XYZ.
“We have received a bit more than 37 million cedis. I cannot recall the exact figures, ” she said in Akan.
The former Minister of State noted that the committee had been in constant touch with the government and other stakeholders to fast track the rebuilding of the community whose residents now live in tents few kilometres
from the accident scene.
Barely 3 months after the explosion that killed 13, dozens of the Apiate residents in the makeshift community had been displaced by rainstorm.
The incident last Friday has raised concerns over the delay in rebuilding the village.
Close to 100 persons had to sleep on the corridor of a classroom block which is already housing some of the victims.
They resided in tents and some in classrooms, awaiting the rebuilding of their community until this unfortunate incident.
A pregnant woman who was affected by the floods told XYZ News that “we won’t get a place to sleep tonight.”
“Look at me. I am pregnant and vulnerable and this has happened to us here. We are appealing to the government to intervene. We are suffering,” she lamented.
Another man who was seen fetching rainwater from his tent bemoaned their condition of living.
“This is where they brought is to sleep after we were displaced. Now whenever it rains, we don’t get place to lay out head,” he said sorrowfully.
Rev.Dr Joyce Aryee said it was rather unfortunate that the Apiate residents had to be stranded for quite a longer time.
“It is very unfortunate that they had to be going through all these,” Dr Aryee empathised and assured that the committee in charge of the reconstruction of the community were on course with their work.
“As we speak, the committee responsible for rebuilding the community will roof some of the buildings in their temporary community to house the people,” she added.
According to her, about 80 rooms will be available to accommodate the victims after the roofing works are completed.