The Ministry of Mine and Mineral Resources and the National Mineral Agency (NMA) were in Koidu City last Friday to see and access the underground mining operation of Octea limited. Koidu limited is a 100 percent subsidiary of Octea mining company. In 2016 the company applied to undertake underground operations which both the mines ministry and the NMA approved.
Members of the visiting team include Alhaji Minkailu Mansaray Minister of Mines, Peter Bangura Director of Mines NMA and Ibrahim Satti Director of Communication NMA.
Some community members and organisations have been raising concerns about the impact of the Koidu operation on the people including the tremor felt each time rocks are blasted underground, the dust that fills the air and the evacuation of communities around the mine site.
The mine is owned by the Israeli billionaire Beny Steinmetz who was recently placed under house arrest in Israel for allegedly paying a bribe in neighbouring Guinea to government officers to have a mining right.