Ghana’s Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources has dismissed dismissed fears of members of the Ghana National Association of Small-Scale Miners (GNASSM) that the government has banned their activities.
Speaking at a meeting with the Association, the Deputy Minister reiterated President Akufo-Addo’s love for mining and therefore, asked members of the Association to return to work and mine responsibly.
“Mining supports Ghana’s economy hence, the government has not and will not ban mining in the country. However, we will not condone irresponsible mining. Your mining activities should match your licences acquired,” said Mr Duker.
Community mining scheme,
Responding to questions on the community mining scheme, the Deputy Minister, said the government would engage the Association on the scheme to ensure inclusiveness at all levels of mining operations. The Deputy Minister also announced a yearly Award scheme for the best Small-Scale mining concessions, an initiative which will begin this year to demonstrate best practices and encourage other miners to emulate.
The Members of the Association on their side pledged their commitment to support government win the fight against illegal mining. Vice President of the Association, Sampson Kofi Wiredu noted that the assurances of the Deputy Minister had given the Association the renewed interest and confidence in the government and the Sector Minister to safeguard legitimate miners. The members were drawn from the various mining districts including Wa, Tarkwa, BIbiani, Dunkwa -on- Offin and Akim Oda.