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JUST IN |Lands Ministry Declares War On Quarry Sites Encroachment[READ]

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A Deputy Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, in charge of Lands and Mines, George Mireku Duker, has charged Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) to institute stringent safety measures to check encroachment on quarry sites across the country.

This, he said, as sighted by wildLEAKx, was necessary to protect the operations of quarry businesses and forestall fatal incidents, which could result from the exploration of granites.

Addressing quarry operators at the Afigya Kwabre South District in the Ashanti Region, Mr Duker tasked them to take measures to secure their quarry concessions from encroachment.

He underscored the importance of the quarry industry to Ghana’s economy and said the continuous encroachment of quarry sites by unaccredited persons and institutions could thwart government’s efforts in raising revenue from the sector for development.

He, therefore, declared a “war on the encroachment of quarry sites” and warned that any person or organisation found to have acted in contravention of the laws would not be spared.

“It is really important for us to protect our natural resources.

We are all yearning for developmental projects but how can we do it without our stones,” he said.

“If we allow encroachment on people’s concessions, how do we get the revenues?

If the Assembly wants to build schools and you encroach, how do we resolve that?…

Where are they going to get the stones?” Mr Duker queried.

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