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Government is determined to add value to Oti Region’s iron ore, says regional minister

The Oti regional minister, Joshua Makubu

The Oti regional minister, Joshua Makubu

The Oti regional minister, Joshua Makubu, has reiterated the government’s intentions of adding value to the region’s recently discovered iron ore deposits.

According to him, the government is determined to ensure Ghana realises the full benefits of the iron ore deposit and at the same time, making sure its full value chain is retained in the Oti Region.

He said this when he took his turn at the state of the region report, a platform put together by the Ministry of Information for regional minister’s to brief the media on developments in their respective regions on Sunday 9 October 2022.

“Recently, the region has discovered large quantities of iron ore. The Ghana Geological Survey Authority led the discovery of the large quantities of iron ore deposits. The iron ore is 55.22 weight percent (fe) and of a higher grade.

“Government is determined to provide value addition to its raw commodity and would ensure that the Ghana Integrated Iron and Steel Development work closely with the GGSA and the communities to ensure that full value chain is retained in the region and the country,” he said.

The large iron ore deposits, discovered in Akokrowa, a farming community in the region is 55.22 weight percent (fe) and of a higher grade.

This, Makubu described the discovery of the iron ore as good news for the region and urged the chiefs and people to work in harmony to drive development to the area.

He 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.

Already, 10 local and foreign investors have expressed interest in mining the iron ore. None of the investors, according to Makubu, will exclusively own a concession but will rather sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ghana Integrated Iron and Steel Development Corporation (GIISDEC) and the host communities to mine within a specific period of time to benefit the region and the country at large.

Roads

Touching on the kilometers of road constructed in his since 2017, Makubu said a total of 587km of road have been constructed and a further 185.7km are under construction. It includes the rehabilitations of the 21km Nkonya Wurupong to Kwamekrom road, the 30km reconstruction of the Hohoe to Jasikan road, the Jasikan to Dodo Pepeso road, upgrading of the 26.8km Kete Krachi to Buya road and several others.

Health

On health, he said 10 projects have been completed in the region while 8 are still under construction. He said these projects include the CHPS compound at Dadease in the Nkwanta South Municipality, the CHPS compound at Azua market in the Nkwanta North District and the CHPS compound with nurses quarters at Nkonya Asakyiri in the Biakoye District.

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