Ban on small-scale expires in 3 months

The ban imposed on small-scale mining as a way of dealing with illegal small-scale miners (galamseyers) will be lifted in three months’ time, Project Coordinator of Multi-Sectoral Mining Integrated Project (MMIP), Isaac Karikari, has announced.

The government, through the ministry of lands and natural resources placed a six-month ban on all small-scale mining activities in the country. The ban was extended after the period elapsed.

Sector minister, John Peter Amewu, explained that: “There’s going to be an extension because we have not achieved what we are looking for but we’ll put in modalities and during the extension period, a lot will be done, we are talking about regularising the whole system.”

Speaking in an interview with Accra100.5FM on Monday, 4 December, 2017 Mr Karikari said: “The government will start rolling out the Multi-Sectoral Mining Integrated Project for the miners to equip them with the right skills to do responsible mining.”

The ban, he said, “would be lifted in three months’ time. The level of damage done to our water bodies is too high, and, so, we needed to extend the ban, the government had to spend millions of dollars to reverse the rivers to their normal state.”

“We understand the plight of the miners, we know they have to make ends meet but the government wants responsible mining, the government is not against mining, and, so, we want to properly regulate their activities.

 

Story: Freeman Koryekpor Awlesu

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