The Ghana Chamber of Mines (GCM) has donated a cheque for GH¢778,657 to the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources to support the government’s Green Ghana project meant to restore the natural vegetation.
Green Ghana is an initiative launched by the ministry to plant more trees as part of measures to restore forests and the natural vegetation that had been lost to illegal mining and other human activities.
As part of the initiative, the ministry mobilised key stakeholders to plant more than five million trees. Currently, the ministry has targeted to plant 20 million trees next year. The President of the GCM, Mr Eric Asubonteng, presented a dummy cheque for the amount to the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Mr Samuel Abu Jinapor, at the inauguration of a joint technical committee on mining last Monday.
The committee was set up to address the challenges in the mining industry and to boost the fortunes of the sector. The committee which has its members drawn from the sector ministry, the GCM and the Minerals Commission is expected to oversee the adoption and the implementation of policies and programmes that would bring mutual benefit to the state and mining companies.
Among other things, the committee will advise the ministry and the GCM on mining related issues that border on the state interest and the profitability of industry players. The minister inaugurated six of the core members of the committee, urging them to work to address the challenges confronting the mining industry and facilitate the government’s agenda of making the country a mining hub.