Akokrowa — The Ghana Geological Survey Authority (GGSA) says the iron ore deposits discovered at Akokrowa, a farming community in the Oti Region, are of the highest grade. Chief Executive Officer of the GGSA, Dr. Daniel Boamah, stated that the iron ore is currently graded 55.22 weight percent
He said the Authority had blocked out the reserved areas and was working on it to know the depth and volume of the ore.
He was speaking to the media at Akokrowa yesterday on the sidelines of the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abdulai Jinapor’s interaction with the chiefs and people of the area.
The meeting with the chiefs forms part of the Minister’s working visit to the region.
Dr. Boamah noted that by next year, the GGSA would have established all the details about the iron ore deposits after which real mining could commence. On his part, Mr. Jinapor described the discovery of the iron ore in commercial quantities as “good news” and urged the Chiefs and people to work in harmony to drive development in the area. He stated that government would ensure that the resource found in the area benefit the people.
He said the government was determined to add value to the raw commodity, saying that the Ghana Integrated Iron and Steel Development (GIISDEC) would work closely with the GGSA and the community to provide a full value chain.
The exploration and associated business of the iron would create jobs and wealth for the people of Oti and the country in general. The Omanhene of the Apesokubi Traditional Area, Okogyeaman Koram II, expressed the readiness of his people to make the project a success.
He pledged to support the work of GGSA, GIISDEC, and the government saying, “I will release lands to push the progress of the work if it requires”.
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Source: Ghanaian Times.
The Ghana Geological Survey Authority (GGSA) has warned that people around the Weija Ridge and Reservoir are living on a time bomb that is ticking away every day as the human activities in the mountains pose a great risk to their lives and property.
The authority explained that the sand winning and rock blasting activities on the ridge had gradually weakened the hills along the Accra-Cape Coast road, particularly around Weija in the Ga South municipality. A Principal Seismologist of the GGSA, Nicholas Opoku, said the activities posed a great threat to the inhabitants of the area.
He gave the warning when a team of officials from various ministries and commissions in charge of the environment paid a visit to the Weija Ridge and Water Reservoir last Friday. He said the Weija Ridge was part of the Akuapem Fault Zone, a line along which seismic waves occur, which accounted for the occurrence of earthquakes in the area.
He added that the hills in that area were geologically weak because they had a lot of fractures.
“What is making the problem much more difficult is the mining and sand-winning activities going on here,” Mr. Opoku said. He added that those activities exposed the soft rocks, which had undergone serious erosion, and should the activities continue, it would completely erode the middle rocks and cause the hills, together with the buildings on them, to collapse.
“The risk is higher here, since there are a lot of buildings on the mountains,” Mr Opoku added.
He warned people living in other highlands in the country not to engage in indiscriminate sand winning as the risks would “be difficult to manage”
A Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources in charge of Mines, George Mireku Duker, has sworn in the Members of the Ghana Geological Survey Authority (GGSA) Board at a brief ceremony on Monday, 8th November 2021 at the Ministry’s conference room.
The Deputy Minister, who inaugurated the board on behalf of the Minister, Samuel A. Jinapor, encouraged the members to up their game in database generation, adding that the Ministry and a number of other agencies will be depending on this data to execute their work.
In his inaugural statement, he clearly spelled
out the key areas where the Board would have to generate enough database for the Ministry to depend on.
8th June is observed every year as World Ocean Day. It is an occasion to recognize the ocean as an important resource that requires that we work together to protect and conserve it.
The government, through the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology, and Innovation (MESTI), joined other nations of the world in commemorating this year’s World Ocean Day (WOD).
The United Nations (UN) General Assembly officially designated June 8 every year to be commemorated as World Ocean Day to inform the public of the impact of human actions on the ocean, develop a worldwide movement of citizens for the ocean while mobilizing and uniting the world’s population on a project for the sustainable management of the world’s oceans.
This year, a ceremony, which brought together a variety of critical stakeholders from both the public and private sector including representatives from security agencies, fisherfolk from local fishing communities as well as pupils from some basic schools, was put together by MESTI on Wednesday to commemorate the event in Accra.