NADMO Assists Nsawam Blast Victims


The NADMO boss presenting the items to the MCE

The National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) has delivered relief items to victims of the explosion at the A. K. Y quarry site at Peabo in the Nsawam Municipality in the Eastern region.

They included 100 packets of roofing sheets and 8,000 pieces of wood worth GH¢122,000.

They were delivered by the Head of Relief and Reconstruction of NADMO, Gavivina Tamakloe.

They were received on behalf of the victims by the MCE for Nsawam Adoagyiri Ben Ayeh, who thanked NADMO for the gesture.

The explosion occurred on Wednesday, December 23 2015 after fire gutted containers with the Ammonium Nitrate.

There was an explosion thereafter which injured over 100 commuters in the area.

Some of the residents, who spoke to DAILY GUIDE, stated that they saw smoke at the quarry site and quickly drew the attention of the Ghana National Fire Service at Nsawam, which also responded quickly and came to put off the fire.

According to them, 30 minutes after the fire service team left, they heard an explosion which shook the ground. Some of them thought it was an earthquake.

They indicated that they heard another explosion which affected their homes and destroyed their foodstuffs.

Meanwhile, two suspects Ransford Akwasi Nuamah, 40, and Kwabena Asare, 31, have been arrested by the Regional Police Command to assist in investigations for attempting to smuggle explosives at the A.K.Y Mining Site in December last year.

The suspects were busted by the police on a tip-off.

They were allegedly smuggling the Ammonium nitrate from the Peabo quarry site, which had been cordoned off following the explosion to sell in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region. One person died while 27 others sustained injuries after the explosion.

The acting Inspector General of Police, DCOP John Kudalor, who was accompanied by the Eastern Regional Police Command and the Regional Minister, Antwi Boasiako Sekyere and the Deputy Interior Minister and the National NADMO boss, have travelled to the site to assess the situation and visited the victims.

Three persons were earlier reported dead but police confirmed that only one person, Ibrahim Mohammed, 38, died on the spot.

It was alleged that he met his death when he rushed to the quarry site to assess the situation. Thirteen others were also critically injured.

The former MCE of Nsawam/Adoagyiri, whose residence is opposite the quarry site, was not spared.

The Eastern Regional Security Council reported that other explosives had been discovered at the site which makes it unsafe for residents to live there.

BY Daniel Bampoe