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Gov’t Orders Manganese Company To Resume Operations

Government has ordered the Ghana Manganese Company Limited (GMCL) located in Tarkwa to resume its operations.

About four days ago, Government through the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh, asked GMCL to stop all mining, exploration and export of minerals with immediate effect for causing alleged $360 million financial loss to the State.

However, in a statement on Friday, August 9, 2019, signed by Mr. Asomah-Cheremeh, the company was asked to resume its operations.

The decision, according to the statement, was taken after a two-day meeting between officials of government including the Ministers of Lands and Natural Resources and Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, and GMCL on 6th and 9th August.

The meeting also involved top officials of Minerals Commission, according to the statement.

The statement indicated that it was agreed during the meeting to expedite action towards resolution of the issues raised.

“In light of the good faith shown by the company to work with government towards amicable resolution, including the joint manning of the weigh bridge and tonnages loaded unto ships to guarantee accurate computation of revenue, I have asked the company to resume its operations,” Mr. Asomah-Cheremeh said in his statement.