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Lands Minister inspects progress work on Minerals C’ssion’s ultra-modern office in Ashanti regional

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The nearly finished ultra-modern, multi-purpose office complex being erected by the Minerals Commission for its Ashanti Regional office is approaching completion.

Expectations are high that this impressive eight-story structure will be ready for commissioning by October 2024.

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This assurance was provided by the Project Consultant, Mr. Osei Tutu, during a site visit by the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Hon. Samuel A. Jinapor, MP, to inspect the progress of the project.

On Monday, May 27, 2024, the Lands Minister conducted an inspection tour of the facility to assess the progress of the work on the office complex.

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Once finished, it will serve as the central hub for the Minerals Commission’s regulatory and oversight activities in the Ashanti Region and the middle belt of the country.

Speaking to the press after his tour, Samuel A. Jinapor emphasized the significance of having a fully operational and well-staffed Minerals Commission office to carry out regulatory duties, not only in the Ashanti Region but also across the entire middle belt, including the Western North and Central Regions.

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The Minister highlighted the government’s commitment to decentralizing the Minerals Commission, with the construction of the cutting-edge Ashanti Regional Minerals Commission office serving as evidence of this dedication to developing the mining sector.

“I have to commend the CEO of the Minerals Commission, the consultants, the contractors, and everyone who has worked so diligently to ensure that we put up this extraordinary office for the Ashanti Regional Minerals Commission. If we are going to come to grips with mining, particularly large-scale mining, which contributes significantly to the national economy, as well as small-scale mining, then the Minerals Commission must have the requisite structure, personnel, and operational capacity to regulate the mining sector. This government has taken the initiative to ensure that the regulation of mining activities is decentralized, and we are on course”, he said.

“This is a major investment by the government of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. I have been told that it is going to be the tallest building in Kumasi. It will be a place where we can conduct rigorous investigations of the mining sector and the products of the mining sector in the country”, he added.

“The contractors have given us the assurance that it will be handed over to the government by the end of September, and I’m going to hold them to it. I will be knocking on the doors of Manhyia to seek the concurrence of His Royal Majesty Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu, to commission this project in the first week of October,” he said. 

The Chief Executive Officer of the Minerals Commission, Mr. Martin Kwaku Ayisi, disclosed that the project was initially estimated to cost GH₵80 million and that the commission already has plans to let out some offices in the edifice to generate revenue.

Mr. Martin Ayisi also elaborated on the maintenance plan crafted by the commission, assuring that the facility will bring in significant benefits for the commission.

Mr. Osei Tutu, the consultant, expressed confidence that the project, which is 71% complete, will be ready by the end of September 2024.

Breaking down the completion rate, Mr. Osei Tutu said, “Preliminaries are at 60%, the soft structure for the main building is 100%, the ground floor for the main building is at 63%, but the overall progress of work for the seven-story is at 63%. We have the laboratory and main block. The laboratory and main block are about 71% complete, so cumulatively, we are about 71%.”

Since 2021 the Minerals Commission has embarked on a massive infrastructural development drive nationwide, which has seen a number of edifice being constructed across ten (10) mining regions as part of decentralization drive to bring the services of the commission to the door step of all Stakeholders and also help in governments quest to among others streamline the operations of the mining sector.

“I have to commend the CEO of the Minerals Commission, the consultants, the contractors, and everyone who has worked so diligently to ensure that we put up this extraordinary office for the Ashanti Regional Minerals Commission. If we are going to come to grips with mining, particularly large-scale mining, which contributes significantly to the national economy, as well as small-scale mining, then the Minerals Commission must have the requisite structure, personnel, and operational capacity to regulate the mining sector. This government has taken the initiative to ensure that the regulation of mining activities is decentralized, and we are on course”, he said.

“This is a major investment by the government of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. I have been told that it is going to be the tallest building in Kumasi. It will be a place where we can conduct rigorous investigations of the mining sector and the products of the mining sector in the country”, he added.

“The contractors have given us the assurance that it will be handed over to the government by the end of September, and I’m going to hold them to it. I will be knocking on the doors of Manhyia to seek the concurrence of His Royal Majesty Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu, to commission this project in the first week of October,” he said. 

The Chief Executive Officer of the Minerals Commission, Mr. Martin Kwaku Ayisi, revealed that the project was originally projected to cost GH₵80 million, with plans in place to lease some of the offices in the building to generate revenue.

Mr. Ayisi also detailed the commission’s maintenance strategy, emphasizing the substantial advantages the facility will offer.

Project consultant Mr. Osei Tutu expressed optimism that the construction, currently 71% complete, will be finished by the end of September 2024.

Breaking down the completion rate, Mr. Osei Tutu said, “Preliminaries are at 60%, the soft structure for the main building is 100%, the ground floor for the main building is at 63%, but the overall progress of work for the seven-story is at 63%. We have the laboratory and main block. The laboratory and main block are about 71% complete, so cumulatively, we are about 71%.”

Since 2021, the Minerals Commission has launched an extensive infrastructure development initiative across the country. This effort has resulted in the construction of several buildings in ten mining regions as part of a decentralization strategy to make the commission’s services more accessible to stakeholders. Additionally, this initiative supports the government’s objective to streamline operations within the mining sector.

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