In a similar mining accident in the same Gbane community in 2017, seven miners were killed.
The Minerals Commission of Ghana and the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources will have to ensure recommendations made by the investigative committee that looked into the recent Gbane mines explosion that claimed 16 lives are carried through by all those found culpable.
On January 23, 2019, 16 illegal and small scale miners were killed after Shaanxi Mining Ghana Limited, a Chinese mining firm providing mine support services to the Yenyeya and Pubortaaba mining groups at Gbane in the Talensi District of the Upper East Region, carried out blasting.
As if that was not enough, the investigations revealed that Shaanxi and its concessionaires - Yenyeya and Pubortaaba mining groups - did not have blasting time notices posted in the Gbane community.
'Meanwhile, looking at the fact that we don't even now have men at Yendi, we have men at Bawku for operations, but we are also handicapped vehicular wise - our men cannot walk from Gbane
to Bolga as we usually do when people are demonstrating to follow them.
They first visited Shaanxi Mining Company at Gbane where they required preliminary information on the accident from the company, which was provided by management.
It would be recalled that the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh, last Thursday visited Gbane, a day after the accident and announced that a team of inspectors from the Inspection Division of the Minerals Commission had been tasked to launch full scale investigations into circumstances that led to the death of the miners.
Media reportage from such incidents must, therefore, be convincingly clear in matters of these illegal miners and their continuous disastrous operations in the Gbane
mining site.' The statement explained.
The workers further appealed to the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources to ensure that its directive for the closure of all illegal pits in the Gbane
mining community was adhered to, to avert a possible future occurrence.
, who replaces Mbaye Sylla Khouma as MD, was previously the commercial director at Airtel Gabon.