Former President John Dramani Mahama is deeply saddened by the explosion which occurred at Appiate near Bogoso in the Western Region that claimed lives of residents on Thursday.
He extended wishes of speedy recovery to the injured persons.
In a Facebook post, Mahama mentioned that “a truly sad day for Ghana! My deepest condolences to the families of the victims of the unfortunate disaster at Appiate, in the Bogoso District of the Western Region this afternoon.
“Let’s pray for the speedy recovery of the injured, as we also urge the security and emergency services to continue to work assiduously to alleviate the damage and suffering in the affected communities.”
Consoling the chiefs and people in the affected areas, the former President said the ĺ“National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the country stand with you, in this time of grief.”
Preliminary investigations by the police have established that a mining explosive vehicle moving from Tarkwa to Chirano Mines collided with a motorcycle, resulting in the explosion.
Seventeen people have so far been confirmed dead with 59 others injured.
By Vincent Kubi