APIATE EXPLOSION: Gov't Interdicts Chief Inspector Of Mines, Suspends Registration Of Maxam Company
Thinknewsonline.com can confirm that government through the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources has interdicted the Chief Inspector of Mines, Kofi Adjei over the Apiate explosion.
According to a communique issued by the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, the interdiction is with immediate effect.
In a statement signed by the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, it said "Consequently, the Hon. Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel A. Jinapor, MP, has, as at 21st January, 2022, directed the Chief Executive Officer of the Minerals Commission to interdict the Chief Inspector of Mines with immediate effect, pending the outcome of the ongoing investigation into the tragic events which took place at Apiate"
The statement further revealed that the Lands Minister, Samuel Abu Jinapor has also directed the Chief Executive Officer of the Minerals Commission to suspend the registration of Maxam Company Limited.
"Further, the Hon. Minister has directed the Chief Executive Officer of the Minerals Commission, with immediate effect, to suspend the registration of Maxam Company Limited with the Minerals Commission, thereby precluding the company from the manufacture, transportation and/or supply of explosives for mining operations, pending the outcome of investigations into this matter"
It is emerging that pursuant to regulation 2 of the Minerals and Mining (Explosives) Regulations, 2012 (L.I. 2177), the Chief Inspector of Mines is the chief inspector of explosives, and is responsible for the supervision of the manufacture, storage, transportation, and use of explosives for mining and mine support services.
The Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources wishes to assure the public that the ongoing investigations will be thorough and comprehensive.
It also hinted that any public official found culpable will be made to face the full rigors of the law.
Below is a copy of the release:
Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith