The Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources in charge of Mines, George Mireku Duker has emphasized that sanctions and fine imposed on Maxam Ghana Limited over the explosion incident at Appiatse was not meant to cripple or intimidate firms in the extractive industry.
He indicated that the action was to ensure that all the relevant laws and regulations governing the Sector were adhered to and ensure that incidents like the Appiatse explosion were avoided.
The Deputy Minister who said this when addressing the Media in a visit to the operation site of Maxam Company explained that the government was mindful of the implications of such sanctions on mining companies but contended that all actions were intended for the good of the industry and for them to operate safely.
The Deputy Minister’s visit was to ascertain if the new measures instituted by the company met the regulatory standards precedent for their resumption.
Mr Duker and his entourage were taking through a presentation of the company’s operations, safety protocols and contribution to the community by the Plant Manager.
After a comprehensive tour of the production site by the delegation, Mr Duker expressed satisfaction with the progress made by the company.
He, however, noticed some challenges which he promised to bring to the attention of the sector Minister.
The Minerals Commission had earlier issued a prohibition notice on Maxam Ghana Company Limited for it to halt operations at its production site in Tarkwa.