Ministry of Mines Cameroon Granted Liberty Local Miners Ltd mining permit in esseka.
In this eastern department alone, where there are officially 30 mining companies, 200 new permits have been issued to mining operators since the start of 2018, generating a total of 500 million FCfa in public revenue.
Besides gold, which is the most mined mineral by small scale entities in this part of Cameroon, the region is home to the Mbalam iron deposits, Lomié’s nickel and cobalt ore and Mobilong’s diamonds which, respectively, have “world class” potential, according to experts. However, their development has been on hold for eons now.
Authorities at the Cameroon’s Ministry of Industry, Mines and Technological Development, said the companies were banned for non-compliant with contractual terms.
Going by a statement the authorities issued on Saturday, Hong Kong company did not have documents authorizing it to carry out mining activities. Meantime, Peace Mining and Lu and Lang companies, departure is linked to a series of conflicts recorded between their employees and local populations which have resulted in deaths, in addition to the non-respect of the environment.
These companies reportedly contributed significantly to the degradation of the environment through the diversion of rivers, and obstruction of rivers by mud, which has had a negative impact on agriculture and livestock.
Studies from several local organisations reveal that gold exploitation activities in Cameroon by Chinese companies has caused the death of at least 34 people in 2017.