Hon. Samuel A. Jinapor, Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, has told the residents of Apiate that the government’s planned Green and Sustainable Community will be founded on equality, fairness, and justice.
He further revealed that some unfinished structures being built by FGR, a local private mining company, to resettle the Dumase township will be completed and furnished before the rains arrive.
The Minister also promised that all funds from the Apiate Support Fund will be used wisely, with openness and accountability in mind.
The purpose of the visit was to check on the well-being of the people of Apiate, to inform them of the government’s plans to restore the township, and to make arrangements for the temporary habitation of the people of Apiate. He also got to see some of the temporary structures earmarked to house the displaced people of Apiate before the rains came.
According to Samuel A. Jinapor, a block factory will be built up as soon as possible to mold blocks out of 6000 bags of cement given for the reconstruction of the New Apiate community in Dumase, Ghana.
The Minister expressed gratitude to Ghanaians for their assistance thus far and urged for further donations from the diaspora.
Nana Atta Kwadwo Bremebi, the Chief of Apiate, expressed his gratitude to the Government and the Ministry for all of their efforts in helping to reconstruct the town.
Hon Benito Owusu-Bio, the Chairman of the Reconstruction Committee and a Deputy Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, briefed the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources during the inspection of temporary structures.
According to the inventory conducted, the Dumase temporary settlement would be able to shelter all 800 displaced individuals with around 4 people in each room, said the Minister.
The presentation also outlined the locations where the markets, community centers, schools, and personal settlements will be constructed permanently.
Work on the temporary structures will begin on Monday, February 28th, 2022, according to him.
When a motorcycle collided with an explosives-laden van on its route to Kinross’ Chirano gold mine, the entire community was reduced to mounds of wreckage.