June 20, 2024

Nana Kwuku Ayisi, CEO of Minerals Commission

Martin Kweku Ayisi, the Chief Executive Officer of the Minerals Commission, has shed light on the remarkable achievements made by the Commission following the enactment of LI 2491.

Speaking exclusively to Omanhene Kwabena Asante on Asempa FM Extra, Mr. Ayisi underscored the transformative impact of the new law, particularly in reserving and preserving job opportunities for Ghanaians within the mining industry.

Mr. Ayisi elaborated on the provisions of LI 2491, emphasizing that it empowers the Minerals Commission to regulate the importation and procurement of various items crucial to the mining sector. Over the years, the Commission has expanded its scope, initially focusing on just eight items in 2014, and now encompassing approximately 50 items.

Highlighting the Commission’s proactive approach, Mr. Ayisi noted a recent radical shift in policy, resulting in the reservation of certain essential supplies exclusively for Ghanaian citizens within the mining sector. This includes fuel, lubricants, and fuel products, which are now restricted to local procurement.

Furthermore, Mr. Ayisi emphasized the localization of key projects within the sector, such as the construction of tailing storage facilities and medical facilities, which were previously dominated by foreign entities but are now designated solely for Ghanaian participation.

Discussing infrastructural advancements, Mr. Ayisi revealed ambitious plans for the expansion of the Commission’s footprint across the country. Construction is underway for ten new offices, including regional and district offices, aimed at enhancing operational efficiency and accessibility.

Of notable mention is the construction of a seven-storey office complex in Kumasi, specifically designed to oversee operations at four major large-scale mines. Additionally, regional offices in Tamale, Wa, Bolgatanga, and Savannah are nearing completion, alongside district offices in Akim Oda, Bibiani, and other strategic locations.

Mr. Ayisi expressed confidence in the timely completion of these projects, with approximately six out of ten scheduled for commissioning by the end of 2024. This ambitious agenda reflects the Minerals Commission’s commitment to fostering local participation, enhancing regulatory oversight, and driving sustainable development within Ghana’s vibrant mining sector.

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