Last September, the Cameroonian Minister of Mines, Industry and Technological Development, Ernest Ngwaboubou (photo), decided to suspend the activities of the mining company Metalicon, for a period of 6 months.
Officially, we learn, this mining company did not fulfill its specifications. For example, our sources point out, it did not close the holes drilled during its exploration activities in Kambélé locality, in the Eastern region. This negligence caused the death of a young mining artisan, following a drowning last September 3rd.
This is not the first incident of this type that occurs in this mining community. In June 2016, four people, including an infant and his mother, had already been drowned in undeveloped artisanal mines after logging.
In addition to the non-restoration of artisanal mines, miners in the eastern region of Cameroon also shine by concealing the quantities of ore mined in order to reduce the share to be paid to the State, under the ad valorem tax, reveal several official reports.