The recent dynamite explosions from the KK Quarry Limited and Brosa Minerals Resource Limited, quarry stone companies working at Mowire in the Afigya Kwabre District of the Ashanti Region are seriously causing damage to lives and properties in Mowire and its adjoining communities.
The disturbing commercial activities of the two quarry companies which had been posing serious health risks to the population of over 1,900 residents, Today understands, are being done on the blindside of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Minerals Commission, Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.
The aggrieved affected residents have threatened to institute legal action against the two quarry stone companies to enable the companies pay compensations for damages and also ensure that due diligence was done during their blasting processes.
Residents have also complained that the activities of the stone quarry companies have affected their health and livelihoods, and thus called for the halting of what they described as “irresponsible” quarry activities of the two companies.
Speaking in an interview with Today via telephone on Friday, January 25, 2019 the residents led by Assemblyman for Bowire-Akrowa Electoral Area, Mr Isaac Kwabena Kokroko, including and the Bowire opinion leaders, Wofa K, Mrs Mercy Baafi and Nana Gyamfi accused the quarry companies of destroying their community through their commercial quarry activities.
“Our lives are being threatened from the irresponsible blasting from the two companies but the District Chief Executive (DCE) of the Afigya Kwabre District and the local authorities have turned deaf ears to the concerns being raised by the citizens in the area,” they complained to Today.
They claimed that the two company’s activities, especially their constant dynamite explosions, were negatively polluting the community, resulting in the destruction of building structures in the area.
They alleged that school buildings and houses including a Family Care Hospital and water bodies were being destroyed by the companies since they started that commercial operations in the area.
They described the situation as a “disturbing trend” and called on the officials of the Environmental Protection Agency, Minerals Commission and Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, to prevent the companies from any their further explosions.
They also called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to, as a matter of urgency, set up a commission of enquiry to institute a full-scale investigation into the activities of the companies.
According to them, they find it extremely difficult to understand why the two companies had been allowed by their god fathers in the area to continue to engage in irresponsible quarry operations.
Additionally, they noted that the heavy-duty machine crashes big rocks as trucks cart away stones to different destinations.
“Rock dust can be seen rising in the air and the noise of the crashing stones indicate that you have now entered the mines. “…the quarry is right on the hospital exposing us to flying stones, loud noise of the crushers, dust and stones being thrown on the hospital that put fear and panic in the patients. The quarry should be closed to reduce the noise and destructions in the area,” Mr Kokroko and Twumasi stressed.
However, several attempts by Today to get management of K.K. Quarries Company Limited and the Brosa Minerals Resource Limited to respond to the allegations proved unsuccessfully.