Expedite investigations on cause of deaths at Gbane – Talensi Traditional Council

By Anthony Apubeo,

Tongo (U/E), Feb. 12,
GNA – The Talensi Traditional Council has called on government to expedite
investigations on the mining explosion that occurred at Gbane, a mining
community in the Upper East Region.

The explosion, which
occurred a few weeks ago, led to the deaths of 17 people.

It also called on the
Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, the Minerals Commission and the
security agencies to intensify their investigations in order to ascertain the
cause of the explosion and any culprits dealt with accordingly.

The Council urged
government to expedite investigations into the process in order to preserve the
peace in the community and the Talensi District.

These were contained
in a statement signed and copied to the Ghana News Agency in Bolgatanga by the
Tongraana Kugbilsong Nanlebigtang, the Paramount Chief and President of the
Talensi Traditional Council.

About three weeks
ago, 17 people who were said to be small scale miners died through the
inhalation of toxic gases following underground mine explosion in a mining pit
at the Gbane Community.

This led to
government establishing a Committee of Enquiry to investigate the matter.

The statement said
“the Council regrets the death and also sympathizes with the families of the 17
young men who died in the Kofi Bantama pit or tunnel that links into the
Shaanxi Mining Company underground shaft.”

It urged residents
and the affected parties to remain calm in order to maintain the prevailing
peace in the area.

“The peace and
harmony currently prevailing in the traditional area or district should not be
disturbed by self-appointed leaders and self-seekers under the guise of
fighting for the interest of the people,” the statement said.

“The Council has
taken note of misguided and unwarranted statements made by certain individuals
and groups who are levelling unproven allegation against the traditional
leaders and the paramouncy. Such persons should cease forthwith and be politely
cautioned not to go beyond their bounds.”

“The Council gathers
information about an intended demonstration by some so called concerned
citizens, whereas we do not stand in the way of any demonstrations, we caution
that any such demonstration should not be violent or go against any taboos of
the traditional area,” the statement said.


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