Ghana's Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Kwaku Asomah-Cheremah

Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh has directed Ghana Manganese Company (GMC) not to mine beyond 5 million metric tonnes until ongoing audit of their operations are concluded.

He said the company risk incurring the wrath of government if it goes ahead to mine beyond the 5 million metric tonnes.

The Minister said some of the sanctions may include revocation of the company’s operating license.

Mr Asomah-Cheremeh gave the directive during a working visit to the company at Nsuta in the Western Region.

Government has been auditing the company for some discrepancies in their books. The audit is supposed to end by the 15th of this month.

Mr Asomah-Cheremah said the company has short changed the country for too long and government will reverse the trend. He said the company is also flouting the local content law warning it to comply.

Furthermore, he asked the GMC to ensure that all the 40 haulage companies working with them have valid contracts to operate.

Chief Operations officer at the Ghana Manganese Company, GMC Benjamin Atsu Quarshie said the company is going to comply with all the directives by government.

He said the intent of GMC is to mine 7 million metric tonnes for this year. However, with the government directive it will mine within the cabinet approved threshold.

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