Tontokrom (A/R), May 27, GNA – Some irate youth have looted and vandalised properties of the Geo Professional Services (GPS) Mining Company in the Amansie West District.
They caused considerable damage to virtually every item on sight including electrical connections, air conditioners, food, mining machinery, stationary and furniture.
Mr Yaw Frimpong Addo, Member of Parliament (MP) for Amansie Adubia, told journalists on an assessment of socio-ecological impact of mining in Ghana condemned the vandalism as “lawless and too grave”.
He said a taskforce had been established to watch over the mine and pledged that the culprits would be arrested and punished.
The MP however reiterated that small scale mining is exclusively reserved for Ghanaians and would join hands with government to use lawful means to stop the illegality festering in that sector.
Mr John Peter Amewu, the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, has damned the destruction at the mining site and called on the security agencies to investigate and bring the perpetrators to book.
He said government believed in forging genuine business partnerships on a win-win benefits, taking cognizant of respect for the legal frameworks and abiding by the environmental caveats for business to thrive.
The Minister said government would streamline activities in the mining sector with production done in an environmental sustainable and friendly manner.
Mr Charles Kurankye, a main partner of KAAS Mining group and concessioner, in an interview debunked assertions that the company had reneged on its corporate social responsibilities and failed to pay salaries, which is alleged to be in arrears.
GPS is a subsidiary of the KAAS Group of Companies, an international geological management and consultancy entity, which provides mining consultancy support services across the board.
Some four expatriates were arrested on Monday at the GPS mining site in a business exclusively mandated for only Ghanaians and are likely to face the laws of the land in court.
By Maxwell Awumah, GNA