The Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Dr Henry Kwabena Kokofu, has ordered the arrest of the owner of Sta Addsams Enterprise, for not showing up since an explosion at its quarry site on Saturday night.

Sta Addsams Enterprise is the owner of Q Omni Quarries at Sha­ma where the explosion occurred.

Dr Kokofu said he was bored that Mr Samuel Twumasi Addo failed to respond to all calls to him.

“Get him arrested. Wherever he is in Accra, look for him. How can you be inhumane?” Dr Kokofu added.

He gave the directive yesterday, when he visited the explosion site at Kobenaandohkrom, near Shama, to assess the situation at the quarry site.

There were allegations that Addo was fronting for some Chi­nese.

In an interview with journalists, Dr Kokofu described the disaster as “not a pleasant situation at all.”

He said explosives were not supposed to be carried by anybody and wondered why workers in the company did not hint to the EPA about the storage of the ammoni­um nitrate at the site.

Dr Kokofu added “This is why we continue to say when you see something, say something…If workers had been proactive, this avoidable accident could have been prevented.”

He, therefore, called for atti­tudinal change among Ghanaian workers.

Dr Kokofu stated “we have observed that people continue to work illegally on our blind side; we are restrategising our monitoring systems and deploying technology to improve our monitoring.”

The Assembly Member of Anto Electoral Area, Emmanuel Owu- Ewe, also reported that since the di­saster occurred, his team and other officials had tried to contact Addo, who is in Accra, to come to the site.

“However, despite the assuranc­es, Addo had failed to report since Sunday, and “even his phone is off,” he said.

He confirmed to the Ghanaian Times that five people were dead and that three others were still missing.

“We hope the findings of the committee would deliver justice to the community,” he said.

The Chief Executive Officer, of the Minerals Commission, Mr. Martin Ayisi, stressed the need for Ghana­ian companies to work in line with stipulated requirements.

Stressing that the company op­erated illegally, he said “This is what happens when you do things without recourse to due processes.”

The company, Mr Ayisi maintained, had no legal backing to operate though their documents were in the books of the Minerals Commission.

In another development, the Western Regional Security Council has formed a nine-member com­mittee to investigate the circum­stances surrounding the explosions at Kwabenandokrom in Anto Aboso in the Shama District of the Western Region.

Members include Chief Direc­tor, Western Regional Coordinating Council, Mr Frederick Agyemang (chairman), and representatives of Ghana Police Service, Ghana Na­tional Fire Service, Ghana Health Service, Minerals Commission, EPA, National Disaster Manage­ment Organisation, Shama and Works Department, Shama.

“This is an issue of life and property and it’s necessary that as matter of urgency, we set up the committee to investigate the mat­ter. The committee is to present a full report in three weeks,” the Western Regional Minister, Kwabe­na Okyere Darko-Mensah, said.

At the time of the visit, the quarry site was littered with debris, including burnt tyres, equipment and machinery, electrical cables, and burnt safety dresses and boots.

The atmosphere was also envel­oped with a strong stench from a huge smoke and putrefaction that gave an impression of the extent of destruction at the quarry site.

The Ghanaian Times gathered that the Kobenaandohkrom community was traumatized and that the disaster had disorganized social and economic activities.

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The Hon. Regional Minister is pro-business, believes in sustainable development and is a lead advocate for the oil and gas local content in the parliament of Ghana. He is an experienced politician and business development advocate.

The Hon. Regional Minister as a student of Mfantsipim School, he produced the first science magazine of the school in 1993.

He holds a BSc(Hons) Biochemistry degree from the Kwame Nkrumah University of
Science and Technology(Ghana) and a Master of Arts degree in Democracy,
Governance, Law and Development from the University of Cape Coast(Ghana). In
2014 he was awarded an honorary doctorate degree (DL Honoris Causa) by AIUCC,
Missouri USA.

Joining Parliament in 2009 till date he has served on many Parliamentary Committees and
delegations including Foreign Affairs, Roads and Transport, Education and Subsidiary
Legislation Committee that developed the current local content law, LI 2204. Hon. Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah became a member of the 2016 New Patriotic Party Manifesto Committee on Energy and a member of the 2017
Government Transition Team on Energy.

He founded the IT Company, e-Base Africa Ltd with his elder brother and became the Managing Director in 2001. His leadership introduced broadband internet in the Western Region and KNUST Kumasi.

For his commitment and pragmatic leadership ethics, he still serves on the Boards of
Raybow International Hotel, ORPED International, Western Regional Coastal
Foundation (an Oil & Gas not-for-profit), Citizen Advisory Council and Students in
Free Enterprise of Takoradi Technical University.

His vision is to make the Western Region a model one hinged on three main pillars of:
i. Entrepreneurial Governance System,
ii. Enterprising Western Region, and
iii. working to achieve the thematic areas of the Sustainable Development Goals mainstreaming and empowering the Youth
He recently received the award of the most outstanding business leader of the year – Public Sector at the prestigious Ghana Business Standard awards 2019 and the Pan African Leadership and Entrepreneurship Development Centre in partnership with Dynasty Group – Qatar presented by His Highness Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Prime Minister of the State of Qatar.

She was the Member of Parliament for Tarkwa Nsuaem constituency from 2001 to 2016 for 4 terms. Whilst in Parliament, she became a Parliamentary Leader for 12 years as a Deputy Chief Majority and Minority Whips.

On issues of women empowerment, Mrs. Gifty Kusi has had a lot of training and experiences. She was the Chairperson of the Women’s Caucus in the Parliament of Ghana and the Convener of Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians for Africa and the Africa Representative to the international Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians to conferences.

As a member of the Gender and Children Committee, she became the Ranking Member for the committee from 2012 to 2016.

She also attended the West African workshop on Women in Politics in Sierra Leone organized by Gender and Youth Division, Commonwealth Secretariat in London

Her training also took her to the United Nations Sessions of the Committee for the Status on Women (CSW) on three occasions at the New York Headquarters in New York, USA. She also attended the Committee On Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) Conference in Geneva UN Office to defend the status of Ghanaian women.

She attended the session to defend the Child Rights of the Ghanaian Children in Geneva with the Minister of Gender and Children on two occasions.

She attended a 3-Month Internship Programme, at the Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights and African Women Leadership course in Amsterdam, The Netherlands in 1999.

She served on the Committee on the Drafting of Affirmation Action Bill presently before Cabinet and also attended the session on African Commission On Human Rights and Peoples’ Rights held at the Gambia

She also attended a workshop to Review Laws on Female Genital Mutilation and to Advocate for Law Reform and on Early Childhood care and Development sponsored by Ghana Association of Women’s Welfare and the Ministry of Gender and Children all in Accra

She is a women activist who has presented papers at various conferences on energy, mining and women issues. She also served for 12 years on the Health Committee as a Vice Chairperson and as a member. She attended many conferences on health and the World Health Assembly by the WHO in 2014.

Mr. Ataogye is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Administrators and Management Consultants Ghana (2018); a Chartered Professional Administrator (ChPA) and a Chartered Management Consultant (CMC).

He was appointed into the Ghana Civil Service (and later the Local Government Service) in May 1990 and has been responsible for the management of the Assemblies’ and the RCC’s Human, Material and Financial Resources; superintending their operations/management, planning co-ordination, resource mobilization as well as service delivery and project implementation.


Mr. Ataogye has a: “let’s fix it” attitude – a true problem solver. He demonstrates strategic and transformational leadership. He is an experienced Administrator / Co-ordinating Director of high repute and is very affable with effective communication and negotiation skills.


Mr. Ataogye, as a student of Nandom Secondary School (1980-1982) and Notre Dame Seminary Secondary School, Navrongo (1975-1980) held the post of House Prefect in both schools.


He holds a BSc(Hons) Administration (Management) from the University of Ghana, Legon and a Master of Governance and Leadership (MGL) from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA). He also has to his credit, certificates from GIMPA for the Chief Executive Programme, Post Graduate Diploma in Public Administration and Post Graduate Certificate in Public Administration.


National Service Assignment

Mr. Michael B. Ataogye fulfilled his National Service obligations at the Navrongo Secondary School (1983/84), where he taught French and Economics and later in 1989 at the Asutifi South District assembly, Kenyasi in the Brong Ahafo Region.



In 2005, he was awarded the Best Senior Staff for Good Human Relations, Staff Motivation and Initiative; and for Leadership provided for the Landscaping and Beautification of the Asante Akim South District Assembly Grounds at Juaso.


He was commended by the Head of Civil Service for Good 2004 Annual Administrative Performance and Reporting (Asante Akim South District Assembly, Juaso).


He was also commended by the Civil Service Council for Excellent Performance in the Execution of the 1999 Performance Agreement of District Co-ordinating Directors (Aowin Suaman District Assembly, Enchi).


Additional Assignment

Mr. Ataogye served as a member of the Management/ Governing Board of Kumasi Rattray Park (June 2015-December 2016) and a member of the Governing Board of Prempeh College, Kumasi (Feb 2015-Feb 2019).


For his commitment, innovative and pragmatic leadership as well as ethical conduct, he served on the Boards of the following institutions;


He was the Chairman for the Social Committee on the Resettlement of Atuabo Community near Tarkwa (1996-1997) and Chairman for Ejura-Sekyedumase Mutual Health Insurance Scheme (Jan,2009-Nov,2019).


Training/Career Development Courses and Seminars attended

Among the several training courses, seminars and workshops attended are the following:


Thesis and Dissertations presented

Mr. Michael B. Ataogye researched and worked on the following topics;