The Minerals Commission has said that the Anto-Aboso quarry site is operating illegally.
The Commission said in a press statement on Monday, September 11, that the company has no lease or permit to operate or undertake any operation.
“In this regard, pending the completion of a full investigation into the cause of the explosion, the enterprise had no lease, approval or permit to undertake any activity or operation at the site,” the statement said.
“Consequently, the activity of the enterprise was illegal. The Commission wishes to remind the media and the public that the Inspectorate Division is committed to ensuring that all quarry sites are licensed and all the requisite approvals and permits are obtained before operations are undertaken.”
The statement comes after an explosion at the quarry site on Saturday, September 9, killed five people, including one Chinese national.
The explosion also affected surrounding communities in the Shama District, leaving many people shocked and counting their losses.
The cause of the explosion is yet to be established, but bodies of some workers who were at the site have been found scattered around.
Some of the bodies include Chinese nationals who are yet to be identified due to the dismembered nature, while three Ghanaians have been confirmed dead.
Police and officers of the National Fire Service and the National Disaster Management Organisation are currently on the scene to help with rescue efforts and investigations.
The Minerals Commission has said that it will take action against the company for operating illegally.
The Commission has also warned other quarry sites to ensure that they have the necessary permits and approvals before operating.
The explosion at the Anto-Aboso quarry site is a reminder of the dangers of operating a quarry without proper safety measures.
It is important for all quarry operators to comply with the law and to take all necessary safety precautions to protect their workers and the surrounding communiti
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