Daily Graphic – Plans to mine bauxite in Atiwa Forest to be put on hold – Owusu Afriyie.
The government is considering putting on hold its plans to mine bauxite in the Atiwa Forest in the Eastern Region.
That, according to the Chief Executive of the Forestry Commission, Mr Kwadwo Owusu-Afriyie, is to allow the government to assess proposals to turn the forest into a national park with ecotourism facilities.
Mr Owusu-Afriyie made this known when he met officials of the United States and The Netherland embassies in Ghana at Kyebi yesterday.
Officials of the two missions, led by the US Ambassador to Ghana, Mr Robert Jackson, and Deputy Head of Mission of The Netherlands, Ms Caecilia Wijgers, were in the Atiwa Forest area to get first-hand knowledge on efforts being led by an environmental non-governmental organisation, AROCHA Ghana, to ensure that the forest reserve is declared a national park to protect its biodiversity.
The team visited the AROCHA Ghana offices and paid a courtesy call on the Okyenhene, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin II.
Remove customs barriers
…In transit corridors by September 1 – Veep
THE government has directed the customs division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) to remove all customs barriers in the transit corridors in the country with effect from September 1 this year.
The directive is part of a three pronged strategy intended to facilitate the movement of goods and services and make Ghana’s ports more competitive.
The Vice president Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, gave the directives at the closing session of a one day conference on port efficiency in Accra last Wednesday.
ZOOMPAK inaugurates waste transfer station in Accra
ACHIMOTA Solid Waste Transfer Station has been inaugurated in Accra. The new site has the capacity to hold at least, 2,000 tonnes of waste daily.
It is operated by Zoompak, a subsidiary of Zoomlion Ghana Limited. The Achimota Transfer Station is the third of its kind to be constructed in the country.
The other transfer station by Zoompak is located at Teshie, while the third station, constructed by Waste Landfills Limited, is situated at Kokomlemle, all in Accra.
Inaugurating the facility last Thursday, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Mr Mohammed Adjei Sowah, promised to shut down all unauthorised dump sites in the city.
5 Chinese to be charged under Minerals Act
Five Chinese alleged to be involved in illegal mining, popularly known as galamsey, will face charges under the Minerals and Mining (Amendment) Act 2015.
After taking over the case from the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS), the Attorney-General’s (A-G’s) Department will prosecute the five alleged Chinese galamsey operators.
They are Gao Jin Cheng, 45, Lu Qi Jun, 39, Haibin Gao, 26, Zhang Zhipen, 23, and En Huang aka Aisha Huang, 31; the woman known to be a kingpin in the galamsey business.
A Senior State Attorney, Ms Mercy Arthur, revealed this to the Criminal Division of the Accra High Court during a hearing of a bail application by the the legal team of the Chinese yesterday.
Under the Minerals and Mining (Amendment) Act 2015, foreigners are barred from engaging in “galamsey’’, which falls under the domain of small-scale mining.
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