The Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, George Mireku Duker responsible for Mining has on Friday, 8th July 2022, inspected the newly completed Government of Ghana weigh bridge at Appemanim in the Ahanta West District of the Western Region.
The installation of the weigh bridge by the government through the Minerals Commission, the Deputy Minister says will help verify the actual Manganese and Bauxite export volumes.
Briefing the media after a working visit to the site, the Mr Mireku Duker expressed satisfaction with work done and intimated that it will help authorities ensure strict adherence to the weight issues in the respective mining companies.
He explained that the construction of the facility forms part of President Nana Addo Dankwa’s plans of regularizing the mining sector.
He outlined the benefits the facility will bring to the sector as well the communities nearby and the country as a whole.
“We came here to supervise the weigh bridge that was constructed by the Minerals Commission which connects Ghana Manganese and the bauxite. This weigh bridge is to check whether or not the mining companies are complying to the specific loads that are scheduledfor them”.
“It will also help us to know the tonnage they export out of the country. It is a very important facility for the ministry. We’ve done the test run and reports indicate that there have been absolute compliance”, he indicated.
“As miners we have to ensure that the mining companies adhere to the standard practise. I’m happy to see the environment clean and see officers at post. This is part of President Nana Addo Dankwa’s vision of regularizing the sector,” he said.
The Deputy Minister also disclosed that the sector Minister will in the coming weeks commission the bridge which serves as a central point to ascertain and double check the quantity of manganese and bauxite that is hauled from the mines to the Takoradi port for export.
The Western Region is home to the production of both Minerals and others that are exported through the Takoradi Harbour.