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Civil Society Organizations Demand Compensation from Shaanxi Mining Company to Settlers in Obuasi Mining Site (Gbane).

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Two popular civil society organizations in the Upper East Region known as the Savanna Research and Advocacy Network (SRAN) and the Foundation for the Transformation of Marginalised Areas (TAMA Foundation Universal) have called on Earl International formally called Shaanxi mining company to as a matter of agency compensate residents of the Gbane community and its environs.


The call was triggered by unpleasant occurrences that have taken place between the mining company and the said areas over the years coupled with a recent activity where the company in a heavy police escort trooped into the community on Wednesday, 14th September 2022, and started filling up mining pits owned by the community members.


According to the CSOs, Earl International (Shaanxi) which has been mining gold in the area for over ten (10) years used to own a 0.2km2 concession which it used to mine until recently when it secured a large-scale mining license from the Government of Ghana to expand its concession from 0.2km2 to 16km2 and is preparing to expand its mining in the Gbane area which includes the Obuasi site and the settlement.


Speaking in a press conference in Bolgatanga today 15th September 2022, Mr. Samuel Sapak stated categorically, that the mining company has the right to prepare the area for the commencement of its activities but warns that the company should do its work concerning human lives.


The groups also stated that the mining company came into the country to provide mining support to Yenyeya and Pubodtaaba mining companies.


” For those who do not know about the genesis of Shaanxi in Talensi, we wish to inform you that Shaanxi was originally brought to Ghana to provide mining support for Yenyeya and Pubodtaaba mining companies whose combined 50 acreages constituted a 0.2km2 concession.


They reached an agreement with Kenya and Pubodtaaba mining companies and 36 other small-scale concession holders to take over their concessions to go large scale.

The health and safety hazards associated with the Shaanxi mining activities which have resulted in the death of many people have been widely reported.” the statement said.


The groups also called on the group also made the following demands Earl International (Shaanxi) should not further aggravate the economic plight of the residents by driving them away without compensation.

This is because the Minerals & Mining Law 2006, in Regulation 2012 (LI2175) requires mining companies to develop and implement a compensation plan to ameliorate the suffering of community members whose land and other resources will be affected.

That, the Talensi Traditional Council, Talensi District Assembly, the Member of Parliament for Talensi, the Minerals Commission, on and the Regional Minister should as a matter of urgency ensure that there is proper compensation and resettlement for all the communities that will be affected by Earl International’s (Shaanxi) operations.

That, with immediate effect, a resettlement/compensation committee be constituted to spearhead negotiations for the right compensation or resettlement to be paid and done to protect life and property and also to make way for the company to work peacefully.


That an all-inclusive stakeholder engagement is carried out to educate and condition the minds of community members regarding the operations of Earl International and what they stand to benefit from their operations.


Read the full document below:

September 15, 2022
Press Conference on:
*COMPENSATION FOR SETTLERS IN OBUASI MINING SITE, GBANE*
Press Conference by the Savanna Research & Advocacy Network (SRAN) and the Foundation for the Transformation of Marginalised Areas (TAMA Foundation Universal)

Good afternoon, Ladies and Gentlemen of the Press. We are grateful to you for being here at this short notice.
Yesterday, at Gbane, in the mining area popularly called Obuasi, christened after the popular Obuasi mines in the Ashanti region because of its mineral endowment, Shaanxi, now Earl International moved heavy vehicles and equipment with a heavy police escort and started filling open mining pits with concrete cement.

Earl International, formerly Shaanxi has successfully secured a large-scale mining license from the Government of Ghana which upgrades their 0.2km2 concession to 16km2 and has been preparing to expand its operations in the Gbane area.

We understand that the Obusai site and the settlement is one of the areas that are within the concession area Earl International (Shaanxi) has secured mining rights to mine gold and therefore it is within their right to prepare the place to pave way for the expansion of their operations. However, we caution that the company carries out this exercise humanely and concerning the dignity of the residents who have been eking their living in the area long before Earl International expressed interest to disrupt their peace and livelihoods.

For the purpose of those who do not know about the genesis of Shaanxi in Talensi, we wish to inform you that Shaanxi was originally brought to Ghane to provide mining support for Yenyeya and Pubodtaaba mining companies whose combined 50 acreages constituted a 0.2km2 concession.
They reached an agreement with Kenya and Pubodtaaba mining companies and 36 other small-scale concession holders to take over their concessions to go large scale. The health and safety hazards associated with the Shaanxi mining activities which have resulted in the death of many people have been widely reported.

We are bold to state that Earl International’s (Shaanxi) presence in Ghane has hurt the population and the environment.

Earl International (Shaanxi) has been mining for over 10 years with nothing to show concerning jobs for the youth, infrastructural development, and local enterprise development for the community members. At this point, we can say that Shaanxi’s poor health and safety standards have caused the death of many illustrious sons and daughters in Talensi.

According to graphic.com, Shaanxi Mining Company Ghana Limited was fined $40,000 after it was found culpable in a blast that claimed 16 lives in Talensi in 2019. The Minerals Commission however failed to order the company to pay compensation to the victim’s relatives. These and many lives have been lost due to the negligence and unsafe mining practices at Shaanxi.

It must be noted that it is not only ‘galamsey’ that is a danger to human life and the environment. Large-scale mining companies such as Earl International, Cardinal, and Cassius could cause far serious devastation to life and the environment if their operations are not monitored and regulated with all the seriousness it requires.

We therefore as environmental justice CSOs demand the following actions:
Earl International (Shaanxi) should not further aggravate the economic plight of the residents by driving them away without compensation. This is because the Minerals & Mining Law 2006, in Regulation 2012 (LI2175) requires mining companies to develop and implement a compensation plan to ameliorate the suffering of community members whose land and other resources will be affected.

That, the Talensi Traditional Council, Talensi District Assembly, the Member of Parliament for Talensi, the Minerals Commission, and the Regional Minister should as a matter of urgency ensure that there is proper compensation and resettlement for all the communities that will be affected by Earl International’s (Shaanxi) operations.

That, with immediate effect, a resettlement/compensation committee be constituted to spearhead negotiations for the right compensation or resettlement to be paid and done to protect life and property and also to make way for the company to work peacefully.

That an all-inclusive stakeholder engagement be carried out to educate and condition the minds of community members regarding the operations of Earl International and what they stand to benefit from their operations
Once again thank you all for honoring this invitation.

This press conference is organized by the Savanna Research & Advocacy Network (SRAN) and the Foundation for the Transformation of Marginal Areas (TAMA Foundation Universal)

 

 

 

 

Brief on organizing organizations:
the Savanna Research & Advocacy Network (SRAN) is a research and advocacy organization that work in partnership with community-based organizations to build the capacity of mining communities to actively participate in and derive maximum benefit from mining activities on their land through research and advocacy.
Its head office is in Bolgatanga
Contact address:
Mr. Yen Nyaya
Chairperson
0200133091
Mr. Samuel Spaak
Executive Member
0244457491
Mr. Albert Naa
0244538883

The Foundation for the Transformation of Marginalised Areas, otherwise known as TAMA Foundation is a registered non-profit organization in Ghana. Our approach is to find solutions to spatial inequalities by promoting transformational development in areas otherwise considered economically marginal, remote, or prone to chronic poverty. TAMA Foundation draws inspiration from Article 36, Clause 2, Section (d) of the Directive Principles of State Policy of the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana which specifies that the State shall as a matter of principle undertake “even and balanced development of all regions and every part of each region of Ghana, and, in particular, improving the conditions of life in the rural areas, and generally, redressing any imbalance in development between the rural and urban areas”.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their underlying principles of ‘leave no one behind and “reach the furthest first” provide additional motivation for our work. Our emphasis is on transformational change driven by multi-stakeholder efforts. The key focus areas of the TAMA Foundation are (1) Natural Resource Governance (2) Peace and Conflict Prevention (3) Disaster Risk Reduction & (4) Inclusive economic growth. The TAMA Foundation Natural Resources Governance program is supported by Ford Foundation.

Contact address for TAMA Foundation Universal
Dr. Chrys Anab
Co-Founder/Executive Director, 0244821024
Mr. Jonathan Adabre Atia
Chief Operating Officer 0557945579
Date: September 15, 2022

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