Residents of Antoa Adesina in the Kwabre East Municipality of the Ashanti Region have been cautioned against encroaching on the buffer zones earmarked for quarry activities for their health and safety.
Checks by Lensmediaonline.com indicated that, the area earmarked as quarry site had been encroached by developers and residents whilst putting up buildings with some at various stages of completion, in contravention to the mining act, which stipulates that the nearest residence to a mining site should range about 500 meters.
Operators of the site say it would be dangerous to the health and safety of residents close to the site hence cautioning all developers to halt their activities, but they (residents) insist they have no option because they acquired them from chiefs of the traditional area.
The problems occurring during their operations may include occupational health and safety, for example from blasting, environmental pollution from contaminated mine drainage waters, noise and vibrations, fugitive emissions of dust and fumes from rock-crushing equipment and haulage vehicles etc.
Management of the company, Samafros Limited, contracted to quarry the rock deposit says they are unwilling to doll out a compensation package for victims who would be affected by the yet-to-be carried eviction exercise because they have been informed long ago to stop putting up structures on the buffer zones.
Mr. Chester Adutwum who is the Managing Director and Nana Aduse Poku Awhenie who is the Financier of the Quarry site both of Samafros Ltd spoke to Lensmediaonline cautioning the residents to comply and stop the encroachment else they endangers their own health and safety.