The Minerals Commission has defended its position that the Lithium agreement between the government of Ghana and Barari DV Ghana Limited is in the nation’s best interest.
In a press statement released on Monday, December 4, 2023, the Commission emphasized that the government thoroughly examined all available options before entering into the agreement.
Further, it noted that certain reservations expressed about the deal appear to stem from a lack of comprehensive scrutiny of the contractual terms by critics.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the mining lease was granted for 15 years to Barari, which is the subsidiary of Atlantic Lithium Limited, an Australian company listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) and also on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) of the London Stock Exchange. The lease covers an area of 42.63 Km2 in and around Ewoyaa in the Mfantseman Municipality of the Central Region.
“The Commission notes in spite of the publication of the lease which is now widely available to the general public, it has become increasingly clear that the commentators have not read the agreement in its entirety and as result many of concerns are based on assumptions that are inaccurate and assertions that are not supported by facts or any data,” the statement stated.
Meanwhile, key stakeholders, including the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) and former Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo, have criticised the contract as colonial. The concerns stem from a mining agreement signed on October 20, 2023, between Ghana and Barari DV Ghana Limited.
The $250-million project, located in Ewoyaa, Mfantseman Municipality in the Central Region, is set to commence production by 2025. The deal includes a 10% royalty and 13% free carried interest by the state, surpassing the existing 5% and 10%, respectively, for other mining agreements. Barari DV Ghana Limited is also required to contribute 1% of its revenue to a community development fund for the upliftment of the mining area