Monday, 24 January

Gov’t determined to keep Ghana Bauxite Company in business – Duker

Mireku Duker addressing the workers

The deputy minister of Lands and Natural Resources in charge of mining, Mr George Mireku Duker, has told workers of the Ghana Bauxite Company (GBC) that some initiatives undertaken by the government will guarantee long-term survival of the company.

The future of the company, he said, has been a subject of discussion in the media space in recent times after the company's major shareholder pulled out.

He indicated that the exit of the investor created uncertainty in the minds of the workers, who threatened to go on a demonstration if the government failed to step in.

The ministry, in a series of meetings with the Ghana Mine Workers Union and other key government stakeholders, has assured the workers of the government's commitment, determination and drive to ensure that the Ghana Bauxite Company operates at its optimum.

Following a number of engagements with investors and other key government institutions on the issue, the deputy minister announced that "a headway" has been found and that the company will continue its operations.

He disclosed that the government will, in due course, announce the decision, which he believes will excite the workers.

Mr Duker made this known at a meeting held on Thursday, 13 January 2022 at the company’s premises at Awaso in the Western North Region.

“This engagement is to let us acknowledge all the efforts we have made regarding the continuity of GBC and its affiliates”.

“One of the legs of GBC had intents of offloading its shares and the government created the environment for that to happen. As the deputy minister, I can boldly say that We have gone through the entire process and the future is bright”.

“In due course, the entity that the shares were offloaded will be made known by the sector Minister," he said.

“The respect you accorded us when we came here and how you have managed and comported yourselves is highly impressive”.

"You have been able to control the workforce and continue operations of the mine”, he maintained.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Integrated Aluminium Development Corporation (GIADEC), Mr Michael Ansah lauded the timely intervention of the ministry in resolving the issue and reaffirmed the commitment of his entity to the entire process.

He also praised the management of the company for keeping the company running so far and explained some key decisions taken by the government in his area to prevent the closure of the company.

Fr his part, the Chief Executive of Bibiani-Anhwiaso-Bekwai District Assembly, Mr Alfred Amoah, called for continuous engagements between workers and the management to ensure that a more harmonious working relationship is established at the mine.