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Ashanti Region records 73 fire incidents so far in 2022

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The Ashanti Region has recorded 73 fire incidents just two weeks into 2022, a situation officials of the Ghana National Fre Service describe as alarming.

Records from the Service indicate that 1,111 fire incidents were recorded in 2021, an 11.4% reduction from the 1,254 incidents recorded at the end of 2020.

But the fire service is worried about the 73 fire incidents recorded in the region since the beginning of this year.

The latest incident killed a 65-year-old man at Kronom in the Suame municipality.

Ashanti Region records 73 fire incidents so far in 2022

Do3 Peter Addai says electrical fault, gas leakage, negligence and other human factors have been major causes of fires.

The public has been advised to adhere to safety measures, especially in this dry season.

Access routes, poor roads, respect for the siren, and generally poor public attitude remain a challenge to the fire department.

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Motorbikes banned in Bawku after renewed clashes

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The Upper East Regional Security Council (REGSEC) has banned the riding of motorbikes in the Bawku Municipality.

In a press statement signed by the Regional Minister, Stephen Yakubu, the Regional Co-ordinating Council noted that its directive stems from the volatile nature of security in the area.

“The Regional Security Council (REGSEC) has examined the security situation and its volatile nature in the Bawku Township and with immediate effect imposes a ban on riding of motorbikes in the Bawku Municipality and its environs,” part of the January 23 statement read.

In view of this, both sexes are banned from using motorbikes within the area.

Per the statement, “this ban does not include motor tricycles.”

Upper East REGSEC bans riding of motorbikes in Bawku

Meanwhile, MUSEC has been entreated to enforce the directive with the urgency it deserves.

Earlier, REGSEC banned the use of a motorbike by two or more men in the Bawku Municipality and its environs.

The decision prohibiting males from riding with their fellow males was taken after an emergency meeting held on Thursday, January 6, over the security situation in the region.

The ban included “a woman riding on a motorbike and picking a man on the same motorbike.”

However, females were permitted to ride with a colleague female.

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Ibrahim Mahama donates truckload of food items to victims

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Chief Executive Officer(CEO) of Engineers and Planners, Mr Ibrahim Mahama, has donated a truckload of food items to victims of the Apeatse explosion in the Prestea Huni-Valley Municipality of the Western Region.

Ibrahim Mahama Donates Truckload of Rice, Mackerel and Oil to Apiate Residents

Thirteen persons perished while 59 others got injured in Thursday’s explosion at Apeatse, a town between Bogoso and Bawdie in the Western Region.

The explosion occurred when a motorcycle allegedly collided with a vehicle carrying mining explosives to a mining site on Thursday, 20 January 2022.

Apart from the deaths, the explosion also destroyed several domestic and commercial properties.

Ibrahim Mahama Donates Truckload of Rice, Mackerel and Oil to Apiate Residents

To mitigate the effect of victims’ plight, Ibrahim Mahama donated five thousand (5000) bags of rice, five thousand (5000) tins of Mackerel and one thousand (1000) gallons of cooking oil among others.

The donation is expected to help ease the suffering of the victims.

He expressed his condolences to the affected families and wished the injured a speedy recovery.

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Motor rider blamed for disaster breaks silence

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Philip Mensah, the young man whose motorcycle is alleged to have collided with the vehicle carrying explosives at Apeatse on Thursday, has given an account of how his vehicle may have been involved in the accident.

According to him, while riding from Nhyireso to Bogoso, he was hit from behind by another vehicle.

He said he was hit because the vehicle in front of him stopped suddenly, forcing him to also stop abruptly.

Speaking in an interview with JoyNews; Maxwell Agbagba, on Sunday, the rider stressed that he never came face-to-face with the said vehicle that exploded.

“A car hit me from behind. All I heard was a bang. So I fell off and slid on the coal tar for a while. In the process, I saw my motorbike sliding on the road as well. I did not see the car that hit me because it was from behind.”

It was a taxi driver and a welder who rushed me to the Aseda Hospital. I was receiving treatment at the hospital when we heard the blast. Everybody ran, including me. Later, I saw many casualties being brought in. the Nurses even abandoned me to attend to the seriously injured victims of the accident,” he recalled.

He emphasised that the Doctors and Nurses at Aseda hospital would be able to confirm that he was receiving treatment when the explosion occurred, “I was not on the scene of the accident that caused the explosion,” he said.

Philip Mensah, who was at the scene of the accident, in the company of Police officers, as part of investigations, expressed sadness that an incident with such consequence has occurred, “I feel bad. We are all human, so I am sad. My concern is that people are saying different things. Some said I collided with the explosive-laden car, others said I got burnt etc.”

On Thursday, January 20, about 500 houses were destroyed after an explosion at Apeatse between Bogoso and Bawdie in the Western Region.

Fourteen persons are reported to have died so far and several others injured.

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