• Sat. Aug 13th, 2022

Fine imposed on Maxam Ghana not to intimidate mining firms – Mireku Duker

The Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources in charge of Mines, George Mireku Duker, has stated that the sanctions and fines levied on Maxam Ghana Limited in connection with the Appiate Explosion are not intended to cripple or scare companies in the extractive industry.

He stated that the action is being taken to guarantee that the necessary laws and regulations governing the Sector are followed, as well as to avoid incidents such as the Appiatse explosion.

The Deputy Minister stated that the government is aware of the potential impact of such fines on mining businesses, but that “all steps are taken for the interest of the industry and to ensure that they operate safely.”

Mireku Duker was speaking to the media on Wednesday, February 9, 2022, after leading a delegation from the Ministry and the Minerals Commission to the Maxam Ghana Company Limited operation site in the Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipality of the Western Region for a day’s work.

The Plant Manager gave the Deputy Minister and his entourage a presentation on the company’s operations, safety standards, and community contributions.

The Minerals Commission had already issued a restriction notice to Maxam Ghana Company Limited, ordering it to cease activities at its Tarkwa plant.

The purpose of the Deputy Minister’s visit was to see if the company’s new actions met the regulatory requirements for their restart.

Hon Mireku Duker expressed satisfaction with the company’s success after a full visit of the production site by him and his entourage.

He did, however, detect several issues, which he vowed to bring to the sector Minister’s attention.

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