The Chairperson of the five-member committee established to manage the Appiatse Support Fund, Dr. Joyce Aryee, has entreated the public to continue donating generously toward rebuilding the Appiatse community.
According to Dr. Aryee many needs must be met, including helping families and victims who were affected by the unfortunate mining-related incident, while also ensuring urgent reconstruction of the Appiatse community.
“There is an urgent need to make money available for reconstruction of the community,” she said while noting that the rains will soon set in, for which reason work must be expedited.
Addressing media at the presentation of GH¢20,000 by Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abu Jinapor, to the Appiatse Support Fund, she observed that the Committee will account for every donation received.
All donations made to the Fund, including money and material support, will be made public from time to time as a way to demonstrate accountability and transparency in the Committee’s work. “Every amount of money that we raise will be used to support reconstruction of the community. We have even informed the minister that we do not want our operational spending to come from the Fund.”
It is against this background that she expressed gratitude to the minister for his support of the Fund. She is hopeful that other ministers and deputy ministers will emulate the gesture.
Also, she said, President Akufo-Addo has fulfilled his pledge to support the Fund with a donation of GH¢100,000. Furthermore, the Committee mentioned receipt of a GH¢50,000 donation from the Chinese Embassy to the Fund.
The Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abu Jinapor, acknowledged that the Support Fund’s establishment, as directed by the president, is to solicit contributions from the public to be enabled in reconstructing the Appiatse community as well support victims of the incident. While commending the Committee for their work, he was hopeful that the needed support will be offered for realisation of the Committee’s objective.