Samuel Abu Jinapor, the Land Minister, has organized a three-member committee to look into the circumstances concerning the issuance of mining operating and prospecting licenses by Xtra Gold Mining Limited.
The mining industry was affected by Operation Halt II, a government-led effort to tackle illegal mining along the country's water bodies and forest reserves.
According to sources, 16 of its excavators and one bulldozer on its concessions in the Atewa West District were destroyed during the anti-galamsey activity by the military.
The company's executives, on the other hand, deny being involved in galamsey, saying that their mining activities are legal and environmentally friendly.
Following the incident, its General Manager, Kate Gyamfua, who is also the Women's Organiser for the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has hinted a legal action "if possible."
On May 21, Mr Jinapor wrote to the Minerals Commission's CEO, claimed that the "alleged decommissioning" was caused by "Xtra Gold Mining Limited's activities in or around some water bodies in the Eastern Region, in violation of our country's mining laws and policies."
He added, "It has also come to my attention that Xtra Gold Mining Limited was granted three (3) Mining Operating Permits and one (1) Mining Prosecutor sometime in March 2021, barely two months before the decommissioning."
In order to "fully understand the issuance of the operating permits," a committee consisting of the Minister's Advisor on Mines, a representative from the Ghana Institute of Engineers, and the Deputy-Minister designate, George Mireku Duker, will conduct an investigation. The chairman of the committee will be Mr. Mireku-Duker.
The committee's report on the investigations is due June 20, 2021, and it may include investigations into other permits issued under "similar circumstances," according to the letter.
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