Former President John Dramani Mahama has asked President Nana Akufo-Addo to immediately compensate victims of the Appiate explosion.
He argued that the victims who have lost their livelihoods due to the disaster must be compensated.
He made the remarks in an interaction with the victims after he donated assorted food items, mattresses and GH¢5,000 to the Appiate Relief Committee.
He first acknowledged the government’s response since the disaster but stressed that
it is high time the government looked at compensating the victims.
He added that the government must compensate them for their loss before they seek redress from the court.
“Listening to the representative of the victims of the disaster speak for their colleagues, it is clear that their livelihoods now is critical. They have lost everything, so the government must look at compensating those who lost relatives and properties. It is my belief that if the President insists on this concern of compensation now, it will definitely be done.”
“Government must not wait for Appiate explosion disaster victims to go to court for redress before the government pays the compensation. So, I will urge the President and the government officials to listen to the concerns of the Appiate victims. As much as they appreciate government for the disaster response so far, their continued livelihoods are also important,“ he said.
The former President donated 500 bags of rice, 100 boxes of tin tomatoes, 100 boxes of canned fish, 100 mattresses and GH¢5,000 to the Relief Committee.
He was accompanied by party executives and Members of Parliament including the MP for Ellembelle, Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah and the MP for Prestea Huni-Valley, Wisdom Cudjoe.