- The new mineral is discovered in the Ashanti, Western and Volta Regions in large quantity
- The Mineral Commission says government is in the process to begin commercial exploration
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The Minerals Commission has confirmed that Ghana has discovered new mineral, Lithium in large commercial quantities.
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According to a Joy News report, the mineral was discovered in the Volta, Western and the Ashanti Regions.
The Chief Executive of Minerals Commission, Kwaku Addai Antwi Boasiako, told Joy News in an interview that the discovery was made during a nationwide exploration by the Commission.
Mr Antwi Boasiako in his interaction on Tuesday said the commission is in the process of exploring the commercial value of the mineral after the necessary preparations in the area.
The Minerals Commission boss added that Ghana can play a leading role in the electronic car business if good measures are put in place to explore the new mineral.
Mr. Boasiako added that the commission is set to put up 14 new satellite stations to monitor the discovery sites and deter illegal miners from encroaching the site.
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“If we [authorities] don’t block it and give it the prominence it deserves, then we are going to lose it because this is the first time of hearing that the Volta Region is as good as any other region in terms of minerals”, he said.
The CEO also disclosed that the commission hopes to change the notion of corruption at the Minerals Commission by making application process by internet thereby depersonalizing the process.
Lithium is said to be an important mineral in the manufacturing sector, both lithium metal and its compounds have many uses. Lithium stearate is mixed with oils to make all-purpose and high-temperature lubricants.
Lithium hydroxide is used to absorb carbon dioxide in space vehicles
Lithium is alloyed with aluminum, copper, manganese, and cadmium to make high-performance alloys for aircraft.
Lithium is also said to have several commercial values Ghana can take advantage of to transform the economy.
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