Catholic Bishop of Jasikan, Most Rev. Gabriel A. A. Mante has protested the deliberate mining of iron ore at the Bowiri and Akpafu vary in the Oti Region.
In a statement, the Jasikan Catholic Bishop said there is no such thing as a assure that mining in the area will contribute positively to the economic system of the native individuals.
This, he explained is as a result of “the repercussions, environmental destruction, health implication and the worsening of the indigenous economy will far outweigh the benefits that could be derived from the mining of the mineral resources.”
This comes in the wake of the revelation by Oti Regional Minister, Joshua G. Makuba in a press briefing that iron ore has been found in the Region, and that the invention of the useful resource will rework the country’s economic system.
Also, the Board Chairman of the Ghana Integrated Iron and Steel Development Corporation (GIISDEC), Farouk Aliu Mahama said Ghana is set to begin mining iron ore by the top of 2023.
Speaking to JoyNews, the Yendi legislator said 10 firms are currently working to decide the full iron deposits in the country.
“Government cannot invest in this alone. The cost of doing MRA is very expensive and we’ve been able to do a block. And it takes a lot of investment. So through the direction of government, we’ve decided to do a private sector participation,” he said.
However, Most Rev. Gabriel A. A. Mante has called on the traditional leaders, both in the Oti and Volta areas to take a decided and uncompromising stance against the mining of the mineral assets in the areas.
“We would like to remind them that their greatest responsibility from God and our ancestors is to protect the lives God has entrusted to them to lead,” he added.
The Jasikan Catholic Bishop additionally urged government officers inside these two areas to re-examine, no matter settlement they will need to have reached with firms which have been invited or contracted to mine these assets specifically: the iron ore, the gold and the lithium.
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