Shama Explosion: Minerals Commission Says Affected Quarry At Anto-Aboso Was Operating Illegally

Shama Explosion: Minerals Commission Says Affected Quarry At Anto-Aboso Was Operating Illegally

  • The company involved in the quarry explosion at Anto-Aboso at Shama was operating without proper authorisation
  • The Minerals Commission cited the company for several safety lapses and wrong operating procedures
  • The Executive Director of the Bureau of Public Safety, Dr. Nana Yaw Akwada called for prosecutions in an interview with YEN.com.gh

The Minerals Commission has said the quarry in Anto-Aboso at Shama in the Western Region rocked by an explosion was operating without proper authorisation.

The commission said its inspectors had noticed that the company was conducting nighttime operations, likely to avoid detection by a local task force.

Pics of the Shama explosion
The explosion occurred at Anto-Aboso in Shama. Source: Facebook/@UTVGhana
Source: Facebook

In a statement by the commission, the company was identified as STA Addsams Enterprise.

“At the time of the explosion, the company was not issued a lease by the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources… Consequently, the activity of the enterprise was illegal,” the commission said.

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So far, five people have been confirmed dead in the explosion with others sustaining injuries.

The commission said the managing director has not been found after the incident.

It also cited the company for other safety lapses in its statement.

“The inspectors also found empty drums believed to have contained diesel, other lubricants, cigarette pieces, oxy-acetylene cylinders at the scene.”

Analyst calls for sanctions and prosecution

The Executive Director and Chief Party of the Bureau of Public Safety, Dr. Nana Yaw Akwada criticised the reshuffling of regulatory heads in the Western Region following the explosion.

In comments to YEN.com.gh, Akwada said these heads should face sanctions for the incident under their watch.

"In any serious country, any serious jurisdiction, these guys will face criminal prosecution. But here we are, we find it comfortable to support incompetent heads across the country.”

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In addition, he said the company at the centre of the explosion and its management should face criminal prosecution.”

"It is just normal in any serious jurisdiction, that when your action or inaction leads to the loss of life, you must answer questions… Lives were lost.”

Explosion at Appiatse in 2022

YEN.com.gh reported a similar explosion that occurred on January 20, 2022, in the vicinity of the Appiatse community near Bogoso, in the Western Region.

The earlier explosion was triggered when a motorcycle came into contact with a truck transporting explosives to a gold mine in Bogoso.

The initial blast drew community members to the scene, only for a second explosion to occur shortly thereafter.

This secondary explosion resulted in the destruction of numerous structures, compounding the devastation.

Moments leading to Appiatse explosion

A video sighted by YEN.com.gh on Instagram showed the exact moment the truck filled with explosives at Appiatse caught fire after a collision and exploded, which left many people in massive tears.

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Many people who were witnesses to the inferno started walking toward the accident, probably to help anyone who was injured.

Drone view of massive destruction

A video from the Appiatse explosion site near Bogoso in the Western Region has given a clear view of the level of destruction the accident caused to lives and properties.

In the video, sighted by YEN.com.gh on Instagram, the area from the skies appeared flattened by the explosion.

There was debris everywhere and many buildings in a vast area were flattened.

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Source: YEN.com.gh

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Delali Adogla-Bessa (Current Affairs Editor) Delali Adogla-Bessa is a Current Affairs Editor with YEN.com.gh. Delali previously worked as a freelance journalist in Ghana and has over seven years of experience in media, primarily with Citi FM, Equal Times, Ubuntu Times. Delali also volunteers with the Ghana Institute of Language Literacy and Bible Translation, where he documents efforts to preserve local languages. He graduated from the University of Ghana in 2014 with a BA in Information Studies. Email: delali.adogla-bessa@yen.com.gh.

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