Government to Crack Down on Illegal Sale of Public Quarry Materials

The Ministry of Mines, Industry, and Technological Development (MINMIDT) has issued a stern warning regarding the illegal sale of materials from public quarry.

In a communiqué dated 8th July 2024, the Minister emphasized that, under Article 70 of Law No. 2023/014 of 19 December 2023, all materials extracted from public quarries remain state property and are not for commercial sale. These materials, such as sand, gravel, and stones, are designated exclusively for public projects as per contracts between the state and the respective contractors.

The communiqué highlights that any individual or entity caught selling these materials will face severe penalties as prescribed by current laws. This measure aims to ensure that resources meant for public development are used appropriately and not diverted for private gain.

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The Minister has called on public quarry holders to comply with these regulations and has urged local administrative authorities and law enforcement agencies to support regional and departmental mining delegates in enforcing the law. This collaborative effort is intended to ensure that the law is strictly adhered to, preventing the illegal commercialization of public resources.

The directive underscores the government’s commitment to maintaining control over public quarry materials and ensuring they serve their intended purpose of supporting public infrastructure and development projects.

By cracking down on illegal sales, the Ministry aims to uphold the integrity of public resources and promote their effective use in national development.

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Starting a quarry business in Cameroon can be a lucrative venture. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you get started:

  1. Conduct Market Research: Understand the demand for quarry materials in your target area.
  2. Secure a Location: Find a suitable site for your quarry operations.
  3. Obtain Licenses and Permits: Apply for necessary licenses from the Ministry of Mines, Industry, and Technological Development.
  4. Set Up Operations: Purchase equipment and hire skilled workers.
  5. Ensure Compliance: Follow the regulations outlined in the Mining Code.

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