Pressure is mounting on the government to make the Appiatse report public. The full report on the explosion that killed more than ten people and razed down the entire community.
WACAM, A mining advocacy NGO, is accusing the government of a lack of transparency and accountability.
At a launch of a report and analysis of the explosion in Accra last friday, The Executive Director of WACAM, Mr. Daniel Owusu- Koranteng said issues of public safety are issues of important public discussion, hence the need for the report to be made public.
We are all aware that the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources had constituted a fact- finding committee and the report has been submitted but it has not been made public.To him is a serious concern, ” he said.
Mrs.Hannah Owusu- Koranteng, who is an Associate Executive Director of WACAM in her presentation also questioned why the report has not been brought to the public domain.
“Is it because the state is covering up the companies, that is why they don’t want to disclose? Is it because government just want to incur cost?
Because, if somebody is injured and the person has had an accident and there are insurance companies covering some of these industries, they have insurance cover for accident and then government is taking it upon itself to accommodate the people, feed, pay medical bills etc to the extent that the people are losing their dignity. Perhaps there are a lot of questions to ask,” she said.