The 31st Young Women Christian Association (31st YWCA) Palm Oil Factory located in Akyem New Tafo, Abuakwa North Municipality, suffered a devastating fire on the night of April 3rd, 2024, around 11:45 PM. The cause of the fire, which lasted approximately five hours, remains unknown. The fire was extinguished by the Bunso station of the Ghana National Fire Service, led by DO II George Michael Kodar, and further investigations are underway.

Lydia Annor Blay, a victim of the fire, reported that the livelihoods of eighty female workers were impacted, and more than 2,516 gallons of palm oil valued at around 1.2 million Ghana Cedis, along with other extraction equipment, were destroyed.

Honourable Alhaji Umar Babs Bodinga, the Municipal Chief Executive, visited the scene along with Mr. Osei-Wusu Stephen, the Municipal Director of the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), and assured the victims of government support.

Credit:Nana Kwasi Asare