Togo : Government asks Chinese mining firm Jun Hao Mining to cease all activities at Tchaoudjo

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Friday, 30 November 2018 14:43
Togo : Government asks Chinese mining firm Jun Hao Mining to cease all activities at Tchaoudjo

(Togo First) - Jun Hao Mining, a mining firm holding a gold exploitation license in the Bouzalo-Alombé area, in the Tchaoudjo prefecture, in Togo’s Central region, was asked to stop all activities at the site until further notice.

Back in January 2018, the firm was allowed by decree to exploit the mine but “unfortunately, exploration works at the site sparked conflicts between your company and the people of Bouzalo who threaten to vandalize your infrastructures,” said Dèdèriwè Ably-Bidamon, Togo’s minister of mining, in a letter addressed to the Chinese firm on Nov 23, 2018.

Truly, people of Bouzalo often denounced the firm’s activities in the region, despite “local authorities having carried out a first sensitization campaign on October 2018”, to clear their concerns. However, as tensions continued, “a second campaign was carried out on November 21, 2018, led by the regional director of mining and geology in the plateaux and central region, under our instruction,  the minister added.   

“To preserve peace and social cohesion in this zone”, the government thus asked the Chinese to “temporarily cease all exploration activities in the concerned area”.  

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