As part of the efforts to prevent further accidental explosions of mining explosives, the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources has started engaging mining companies on the proper handling of explosives.
In that regard, the Deputy Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, responsible for mines, Mr George Mireku Duker, met with the representatives of the key stakeholders in the industry in Accra.
The meeting discussed the safety protocols the mining companies have implemented to prevent such fatal accidents whose occurrence destroy lives and properties.
Also on the table were the restrictions on access to explosives by unlicensed companies and individuals.
Mr Mireku Duker entreated the companies to establish a recognised association that would protect and advance their interest.
He said such an association would help to streamline the sector and enable the Ministry and other stakeholders to easily identify the illegal operators, whose activities are often inimical to the general welfare of the communities they operate.
He reiterated the government’s commitment to preventing the unfortunate Appiatse disaster, saying the Ministry will team up with the regulators to enforce all safety protocols in the industry.
The Chief Inspector of Mines, Mr Kofi Adjei, urged the companies to expedite the process of the formation of an association, assuring them that his outfit would give it the needed blessings.
He also urged the companies to be mindful of the security implications of their actions and take the necessary steps to keep track of their explosives.
Bala Ali, ISD