Shakeup at Minerals Commission

The Minerals Commission has appointed a new regional head for the Western Region, following the devastating explosion that occurred last Sunday at a quarry site at Shama.

Mr. Samuel Gyabaah, a mining engineer and head of the Ashanti Regional Office, has been transferred from Kumasi to Takoradi. He had worked with AngloGold Ashanti for 18 years.

The Western Regional head of the commission, Mr. Desmond Boahen, who is also a mining engineer, with years of experience, has now been moved from the Takoradi office to Koforidua in the Eastern Region, as the new head.

Mr. Paul Dawson, a mining engineer who worked with Newmont Ghana Gold Limited for 20years as the Environmental Manager, has been made the new head for the Ashanti Regional Office.

It is believed that, the latest transfers may be linked to the recent explosion at a quarry site in the Shama District in the Western Region.

A source at the commission has hinted The Anchor that the various district heads are next to be hit by the ongoing reshuffle.

This paper has also gathered that the Chief Inspector of Mines has directed all the regional heads to undertake an audit of all quarry sites and their operations within the respective regions.

EPA Shakeup

In a related development, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has also undertaken a major reshuffle exercise, including a transfer of its Western Regional director and others.

A letter dated Wednesday, September 13, 2023, signed by the Executive Director of EPA, Dr. Henry Kwabena Kokofu, asked the Western Regional director, Dr. George Diawuo, to move to the head office in Accra for re-assignment, Graphic Online reports.

The Central Regional director, Shan Fiagome, is to take over responsibilities in the Western Region.

Other regional directors, including the Ashanti Regional director, have also been reshuffled.

The Ashanti Regional director, Samuel Oteng, is moving to Accra West in Amasaman.

Dr. Jackson Adiyie from Ahafo is moving to Ashanti and Omanhene Kwaku Boateng of Ada area is moving to Central Region.

The Accra West director in Amasaman, Mrs. Sally Biney, moves to Accra East in Tema.

The Accra East director, Irene Opoku, moves to the head office, as head of operations.

The EPA boss has indicated that there will be more transfers later on.


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