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Ghana Council of State seeks changes to licensing in mining sector

Ghana’s Council of State is seeking a re look at Ghana’s mining licensing regime to sanitize the sector. Chairman of the Council of State Dr. Nana Otuo Siriboe II called for the changes and said the Council is not happy with the licensing regime.

The Chairman spoke during a three-day familiarization tour of the Western Region by the Council to equip members with the realities on the grounds to better advise the president and said they have engaged the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources.

The tour took them to the operational headquarters of the Ghana National Petroleum Authority (GNPC) currently under construction in Takoradi, the Volta River Authority’s Aboadze Power Enclave at Aboadze in the Shama District, the Atuabo Gas Plant at Atuabo and a galamsey site at Teleku- Bokazo in the Ellembelle District.

Alternative livelihood projects

“We are seeking a total re look at the licensing regime and the involvement of the local communities. For example, how can someone get a Mining License before an EPA License? We are putting the cart before the horse,” said Dr. Siriboe II.

He further observed that there should be alternative livelihood projects such as farming for illegal miners if the canker can be dealt with holistically.

“You know lives have been lost. People have been making a living out of galamsey and when you remove them from here without any means of livelihood, you are creating immediate social problems. From what we have learnt from the site, if the locals are involved in the whole process of granting, monitoring and subsequent assessments, maybe we can get far,” he noted.

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