Nana Addo presenting the items
THE PRESIDENTIAL Candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo, has assured Ghanaians of better economic management under the NPP if the party is voted into power in the November polls.
He bemoaned the current economic challenges facing the country, which he blamed on poor leadership and economic mismanagement.
Nana Akufo-Addo stated these when he delivered relief items including 20 packets of roofing sheets, 250 bags of cement and an undisclosed amount of money to victims of the explosion at the A.K.Y. quarry site at Peabo in the Nsawam Municipality in the Eastern Region on Wednesday.
Nana Addo, during the presentation, said he received the tragic news with sadness.
The explosion occurred on Wednesday, December 23, 2015 after fire gutted containers which contained ammonium nitrate, injuring over 100 commuters in the area.
According to the residents, they saw smoke at the quarry site and quickly drew the attention of personnel of the Ghana National Fire Service at Nsawam, who also responded quickly and came to put out the fire.
They indicated that the explosion destroyed their homes and foodstuffs.
The acting Inspector General of Police, John Kudalor, who was accompanied by the Eastern Regional Police Commander, the Eastern Regional Minister, Antwi Boasiako Sekyere, the Deputy Interior Minister and the NADMO boss, visited the site to assess the situation. He also visited the victims.
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 from the A.K.Y Mining Site in December last year.
The suspects were busted by the police following 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 several others sustained injuries after the explosion.
FROM Daniel Bampoe, Peabo