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Revoke The Mining Rights of Okobeng –  Gwira Traditional Leaders Pleads WithMinerals Commission 

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Traditional rulers Gwira Traditional Area in the western region has called on the Minerals Commission to revoke the license granted to Okobeng Mining to work in their area.
According to them, because of the company’s illegal activities have degraded its land and polluted its rivers such as River Ankobra, streams, and other river bodies on the said concession.
The government of Ghana through the Minerals Commission granted a license(s) to Okobeng Mining Company Limited on a concession in Gwira Traditional Area, But according to the Chiefs, the concession is owned by Blue River and West Star Mining Companies, for prospecting for large scale Gold mining, but Okobeng Company rather turned its operation into a small scale in form of Galamsey.
Speaking at a news conference held in Accra, the President of Gwira Traditional Area in the Western region, Awulae Angama Tu-Agyan II, hinted that when Nananom and the people started complaining about the company’s activities, the Managing Director, Mr. Amposah started using some methods to intimidate Nananom and the people of Gwira Traditional Area with land guards armed with offensive weapons.
He stated that the company has failed to compensate cocoa and other farmers whose farms have been destroyed depriving them of their livelihood. When the elders demanded land compensation, the company issued dud cheques to defraud them.
Given the above, the chiefs, queen mothers, elders, the youth, and the entire people of Gwira Traditional Area are making this statement to bring this development to the attention of the general public, the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, the Minerals Commission, EPA, and Ghana Police Service that as a matter of urgency within, fourteen days, to withdraw any license granted to Okobeng Mining Company to operate in any part of Gwira Traditional Area.
The elders and the entire Gwira Traditional Area are optimistic that the Inspectorate Division of Mines under the auspices of the Minerals Commission will act fast without fear or favor.
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