Appiatse-Bogoso Explosion: Chief Inspector of Mines interdicted

An aerial shot after Appiatse-Bogoso Explosion
An aerial shot after Appiatse-Bogoso Explosion

The Chief Inspector of mines, Obiri Yeboah Twumasi has been interdicted following the recent explosion at Appiatse-Bogoso in the Western Region of Ghana.

In a press release issued by the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, the Chief Inspector of Mines is responsible for the supervision of the manufacture, storage, transportation and use of explosives for mining and mine support services.

The release further indicated that, the Hon. Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel A. Jinapor (MP) has directed the Chief Executive Officer of Minerals Commission to interdict the Chief Inspector of mines with immediate effect.

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“Consequently, the Hon. Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel A. Jinapor, MP, has, as at January 21, 2022, directed the Chief Executive Officer for the Minerals Commission to interdict the Chief Inspector of mines with immediate effect, pending the outcome of the ongoing investigation into the tragic events which took place at Appiatse” the release stated.

The release further indicated that, the registration of Maxam Company Limited has also been suspended.

Pursuant to regulation 2 of the Minerals and Mining (Explosives) Regulations, 2012 (L.i 2177), the Chief Inspector of Mines is the chief inspector of explosives, and is responsible for the supervision of the manufacture, storage, transportation, and use of explosives for mining and mine support services.

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Further, the Hon. Minister has directed the Chief Executive Officer of the Minerals Commission, with immediate effect, to suspend the registration of Maxam Company Limited with the Minerals Commission, thereby precluding the company from the manufacture, transportation and/or supply of explosives for mining operations, pending the outcome of investigations into the matter.

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The Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources wishes to assure the Ghanaian Public that the ongoing investigation will be thorough and comprehensive, and any public official found culpable will be made to face the full rigors f the law.

SOURCE: Coverghana.com.gh

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