According to media reports, local Mining giant, Okobeng Mining Company is free from illegal mining, contrary to some media reports.
Okobeng is a legal mining company with the relevant certification from the Ghana Minerals Commission, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other authorized State institutions.
Earlier this week, some media outlets and online portals reported that the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, John Peter Amewu, ordered the mining firm to stop any mining activities at Domenase in the Nzema East Municipality of the Western Region.
Minister gave the order during his tour of some mining areas in the Western Region as part of the fight against illegal mining (galamsey).
However, the supposed order was never given in the first place, according to official accounts.
Documents in possession of the newspaper clearly define that Okobeng is not engaged in any act that contravenes the mining laws of the country.
It is deliberately untrue that a prospective mining license was given to the mining company two months ago.
The Minerals Commission check says, the prospective license was rather issued in August 2016, which was followed by authorization by the EPA on December 6, 2016 for the mining company to do prospecting on the said mining concession.
This also means that the two major requirements that a company needs to meet before starting legal mining were duly met and adhered to by Okobeng Mining. Secondly, the claim that Okobeng has been mining 30 metres to the River Ankobra for the last two months is groundless and baseless.
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