Paramount Chief for Wassa Amenfi Traditional Area in the Western Region, Tetrete Okuamoah Sekyim II, is urging government to hasten processes in granting mining license for Tribune Resource Limited, a mining company in Djapah Adiembra, to as a matter of urgency empower the unemployed youth and the community at large, economically.
Tetetre Okuamaoh Sekyim II disclosed that the company has been prospecting for gold for long in the community, stressing they were summoned to the traditional authority to respond to some charges of engaging in illegal mining operations some time ago. He clarified that the company in a response, indicated applications have been forwarded to the agencies responsible to secure a mining license to enable them assume operations.
“We have a company prospecting for gold here in Wassa Amenfi. I’m informed it’s called Tribune Resources and they have a concession in Djapah Adiembra. For so long this company has been prospecting. My subjects have had issues with this. We got hold of some intelligence they were mining. So we summoned them to the palace, and they told us they’ve done the needful in submitting documents for a mining license so they can operate”
Speaking during a courtesy call paid on him by the Vice President Dr (Alhaji) Mahamudu Bawumia last Sunday at the Palace of the Wassa Amenfi Traditional Area in Akropong, Tetrete Okuamoah Sekyim II appealed to Vice President to facilitate the process initiated by the Tribune Resources in securing a mining license.
“I am convinced a mining company of this kind will help provide jobs for our theming youth. We had wanted them to begin putting up their structures but they declined arguing the licensed must be secured first. We are ready to support. So Vice President do something about it”, he said.
The Vice President Dr Bawumia assured the Paramount Chief and his subjects of drawing the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources’ attention and action to their request as soon as possible. He adds that the President Nana Addo Dankwa will soon announce to Ghanaians the lifting of the ban on small scale mining.
“Very soon the President will come out with some resolution on this galamsey issue. You [in response to the Paramount Chief] did mention something about the licensing issue. My secretary has taken note. I will enquire from the Lands and Natural Resources Minister on the state of this license you’ve spoken of. We will do our best to ensure they assume work”, the Vice President emphasized.