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Appiatse Explosion: Maxam Ghana L’td fined $ 6,000,000 – fines against Jocyderk Logistics L’td & Arthanns Enterprise being reviewed

Ghana’s Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources on 8th February handed a fine of Six Million United States Dollars ($ 6,000,000) on Maxam Ghana Limited, the company at the centre of the explosion that occurred at Appiatse in the Prestea Huni-Valley Municipality of the Western Region killing some thirteen (13) people.

In a statement issued by the ministry, the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources Lawyer Samuel Abdulai Jinapor said the amount is made up of a $ 1,000,000 fine and another $ 5,000,000 agreed by Maxam to be paid to the government following extensive deliberations.

The fine follows the investigative Report of the three-member committee constituted to undertake independent investigations into the incident that flattened the mining community. It included investigating the manufacture, storage, and transportation of explosives for mining and other civil works.

Penalties for the said breaches, pursuant to L.I. 2177, ranges from  GHS 600.00) to $ 10,000, the nature of the circumstances in Appiatse warrants a hefty fine.

Maxam Ghana Limited is expected to meet some 14 conditions before its operation permit which was revoked by the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources last in January is restored. They include;

  • a ban on the transportation of Ammonium Nitrate and Fuel Oil (ANFO) on a public road to a mine or civil work site unless expressly permitted by the Chief Inspector of Mines.
  • explosives being guarded by two escort vehicles, one in front and one at the back, both having sirens to warn people about the explosives.
  • notifying the Chief Inspector of Mines of their intention to transport explosives, 48 hours before the scheduled transportation.
  • mine inspectors to inspect every transportation to ensure that all regulations and protocols are complied with.

“The 14 measures are to apply, fully, to all companies involved in the manufacture, supply, transportation, and use of explosives,” the statement revealed.

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“Sanctions against Jocyderk Logistics Limited and Arthanns Enterprise and Transport Services, two entities involved in the tragic incident are being reviewed and will be applied and communicated in due course,” it added.

The statement explained that the Ministry is putting in place the necessary measures to ensure that mining and mine support services are conducted in a safe and healthy environment that poses no danger to life or property.

Find full press statement below:

www.zamireports.com/ Accra.

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