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Ghana discovers iron ore in commercial quantities

The iron ore, according to the Ghana Geological Survey Authority's investigation, is 55.22 weight percent (fe) and of a higher grade

The Ghana Geological Survey Authority (GGSA) has discovered iron ore deposits in commercial quantities in Akokrowa, a farming community in the Oti Region.

The iron ore, according to the geological investigation, is 55.22 weight percent (fe) and of a higher grade.

The Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Jinapor, at a meeting with the chiefs and people of Akokrowa on Tuesday 14 December 2021 said the government will ensure that the commodity found in the area benefits the locals.

Value for money

He said the government is determined to provide value addition to its raw commodity and would ensure that the Ghana Integrated Iron and Steel Development Corporation works closely with the GGSA and the community to ensure that full value chain is retained in the region and the country.

The sector minister maintained that the exploration and the business of the iron will create jobs and wealth for the people of Oti and the country in general.

Jinapor, who is on a two-day tour of the Volta and Oti regions, as part of his nationwide working visit, described the discovery of the iron ore in commercial quantities as “good news” and urged the chiefs and people to work in harmony to drive development to the area.

The Omanhene of the Apesokubi Traditional Area, Okogyeaman Koram II, expressed the readiness of his people to make the project a success.

He pledged to support the GGSA, GIISDEC and the government, saying, “I will release lands to expand and push the progress of the work as and when required”.

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