Chairman of the Minerals Commission of Ghana, Seth Kwame Boafo has issued a staunch warning to estate developers and individuals especially non-citizens in the country, to discontinue works and desist from encroaching on lands meant for mining purposes in their best interest.
Owners of legally acquired mining concessions in Accra, particularly the Regimanuel Concrete Products (RCP) at Ablekuma, and ESM Quarry at Budumburam over the past three (3) years have been battling with serious encroachment by some estate developers and other individuals which they say is affecting their business.
A visit to the affected quarry sites by the minerals commission on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 together with some officials of the lands commission and other related agencies to examine the level of threat saw over three hundred (300) structures sited close to the quarries.
Addressing the media after the exercise, Hon. S.K Boafo cautioned all encroachers to advise themselves or face the wrath of the commission in due course.
According to him, it is the responsibility of the commission by law to ensure all licensed mining companies operate under a serene environment without any interference.
“We have other agencies here. This is water and sewage, Weija, where our water supply comes from now come and see. So that in the next five years you become sick and you’ll blame it on witchcraft, blame yourself.
“Even the dust that comes out the blast will affect your health and cancer will come of it, why?”, Mr Boafo quizzed.
On the other hand, some structures raised on the encroached lands are at the lenten level, other at foundation while people are already occupying some uncompleted buildings.
Some squatters have flying rocks falling over their roof causing damages as they refuse to stay 500 meters away from the site propelling the quarry to pay more to control blast.
A section of the quarry at Ablekuma has also been turned to a refuse dump by a group of “borla-taxi” operators, a situation RCP considers “unimaginable”.
As to whether the Minerals Commission will evict the encroachers, Hon SK Boafo said, “they know they don’t have to wait for us to do so but to rather move on their own”. He stressed.
Mr. Boafo could not comprehend as to why these squatters chose to endanger their lives building very close to the quarry sites.
He also assured the commission is leasing with the appropriate quarters to end the menace within the ambit of the law.
Meanwhile, quarry owners Mr. Christian Braun (RCP) and Mr. Ebenezer Sarpong (ESM Quarry) insist on a proper policing of their mining equipment and that residents must cooperate with the police so that, they can channel their energy into other important matters.
They also expressed worry that, the level encroachment could stall their operation and potential loss of investment.
Source: Accra Mails