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31 July 2017

Galamsey fight gets tough: Military deploys 10 platoons to mining sites

The government has stepped up its fight against illegal mining activities as the Military prepares to deploy ten platoons to protect mining sites from the menace on Monday.

The deployment today is the first phase of what is expected to a long-term campaign to protect mining concessions.

The Lands and Natural Resources Minister, John Peter Amewu, announced in July an extended military operation aimed at ridding small-scale illegal miners from the mining concessions big mining companies.

Deployment of at least 300 military personnel also follows negotiations between the Chamber of Mines and the Ghana Armed Forces.

The deployment, according to the Ministry is to provide protection for both life and property, against illegal miners and their activities.

The memorandum covered over 20 Companies including C&G Aleksa and GeoProfessional Services Limited, the latter of which had two Russians and two Ukrainians who were working at its site arrested for their alleged involvement in illegal mining.

The Ministry, during a tour, found soldiers present at the mining company sparking investigations into possible military involvement into illegal mining.

On Monday, July 10 the Ministry published the list of companies covered by the Memorandum of Understanding.

NO. NAME OF COMPANY LOCATION
1.  

 

Gold Fields Ghana Limited

 

 

Tarkwa

2.  

 

Abosso Gold Fields Limited

 

 

Damang

3.  

 

AngloGold Ashanti

 

 

Iduapriem

4.  

 

AngloGold Ashanti

 

 

Obuasi

5  

 

Golden Star Resources Limited

 

 

Bogoso/ Prestea

6.  

 

Golden Star Wassa Limited

 

 

Wassa

7.  

 

Ghana Manganese Company

 

 

Nsuta

8.  

 

Adamus Resources Limited

 

 

Nkroful

9.  

 

Chirano Gold Limited

 

 

Chirano

10.  

 

Mensin Gold Limited

 

 

Bibiani

 

 

11.

 

 

Perseus Mining Limited

 

 

Ayanfuri

12. Asanko Gold Mining Company

 

 

 

 

Esaase/Obotan

13. Newmont Ghana Gold Limited

 

 

 

 

Ahafo

 

 

14

 

 

Newmont Golden Ridge Limited

 

 

Akyem

There are also eight other mining companies and mining groups that have their own agreements with the Ghana Army.

NO. NAME OF COMPANY LOCATION
1. C & G Aleksa

 

 

Diaso
2. GeoProfessional Services Limited

 

 

Tontokrom
3. ATK Mining Group

 

 

Asamama
4. Group of Small Scale Miners:

 

·        Akonto Ent

·        Fermont Investment Limited

·        Dirradex Ent.

·        Mannaseh Link Ent.

 

 

 

Atuna, Drobo

5 Owere Mines

 

 

Konongo
6. Yasmin Mining Group

 

 

Marfokrom near Mansiso
7. Yasdan Mining Group

 

 

Marfokrom near Mansiso
8. Kibi Goldfields Limited

 

 

Kibi

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