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The Talensi Traditional Council has called on government to expedite investigations on the mining explosion that occurred at Gbane, a mining community in the Upper East Region.

The explosion, which occurred a few weeks ago, led to the deaths of 17 people.

It also called on the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, the Minerals Commission and the security agencies to intensify their investigations in order to ascertain the cause of the explosion and any culprits dealt with accordingly.

The Council urged government to expedite investigations into the process in order to preserve the peace in the community and the Talensi District.

These were contained in a statement signed and copied to the Ghana News Agency in Bolgatanga by the Tongraana Kugbilsong Nanlebigtang, the Paramount Chief and President of the Talensi Traditional Council.

About three weeks ago, 17 people who were said to be small scale miners died through the inhalation of toxic gases following underground mine explosion in a mining pit at the Gbane Community.
This led to government establishing a Committee of Enquiry to investigate the matter.

The statement said “the Council regrets the death and also sympathizes with the families of the 17 young men who died in the Kofi Bantama pit or tunnel that links into the Shaanxi Mining Company underground shaft.”

It urged residents and the affected parties to remain calm in order to maintain the prevailing peace in the area.

“The peace and harmony currently prevailing in the traditional area or district should not be disturbed by self-appointed leaders and self-seekers under the guise of fighting for the interest of the people,” the statement said.

“The Council has taken note of misguided and unwarranted statements made by certain individuals and groups who are levelling unproven allegation against the traditional leaders and the paramouncy. Such persons should cease forthwith and be politely cautioned not to go beyond their bounds.”

“The Council gathers information about an intended demonstration by some so called concerned citizens, whereas we do not stand in the way of any demonstrations, we caution that any such demonstration should not be violent or go against any taboos of the traditional area,” the statement said.

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