The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Minerals Commission, Martin Kwaku Ayisi, has been directed to interdict, with immediate effect, the Chief Inspector of Mines, Richard Kofi Adjei, pending investigations.
The directive was issued to the Minerals Commission CEO by the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Hon. Samuel Abu Jinapor, following the explosion at Apeati which claimed the lives of 13, with scores injured.
“Pursuant to regulation 2 of the Minerals and Mining Regulations, 2012, (LI 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.
Consequently, the Hon. Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abu Jinapor, MP, as at 21st January, 2022, directed the Chief Executive Officer of 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 Apeati,” parts of a press release from the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources and sighted by GhanaVanguard.com read.
The ministry further directed the Minerals Commission boss to suspend the registration license of Maxam Company Limited, pending investigations into the tragic incident.
Maxam Company Limited is the explosives-manufacturing company whose explosives were in transit to the site of a client, a mining company in Chirano, before the incidents occurred.
Until the suspension is lifted, the company would not manufacture, store or transport mining explosives to mining sites.
“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 supply of explosive for mining operations, pending the outcome of investigations into this matter,” the ministry stated in its press release.
The ministry however, assures Ghanaians that “all the ongoing investigations will be thorough and comprehensive, and any public official found culpable will be made to face the full of rigors of the law.”