Ban on small-scale mining: Stop pressurising gov’t! –GhIS cautions

Ghana Institute of Surveyors (GhIS) has cautioned civil society organisations (CSOs), pressure groups, opinion leaders as well as individuals to stop exerting pressure on government to lift the ban on small-scale mining activities.

According to GhIS, the ban by government on all forms of small-scale mining activities was a decision in the right direction, though, it was affecting the livelihoods of a number of companies and individuals, especially those with valid environmental permit licences to mine.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Today, GhIS President, Mr. Edwin Addo Tawiah, explained that the moratorium on activities of small-scale mining by was acting in the interest of the citizenry to avoid wanton destruction of the environment and water bodies.

 

In this regard, he called for the calls by a number of bodies for those small scale mining companies with valid environmental permits to go back to be ignored by the ministry of lands and natural resources.

“Should the decision be made for them to go back, then the following conditions should be adhered to by both actors to ensure that the country does not experience again the horrendous situation it found itself in some time past,” he maintained.

The president of GhIS also suggested that before the ban is lifted, government should ensure that land boundaries of every concession are well demarcated and pillared.

“Again the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources should ensure that the nature of the pillars are well specified so we reduce disputes between farmers, the district assemblies and the concession holders.

…In addition, the limits of the concession can then be strictly adhered to.

“Also the source of water for washing the minerals mined should be determined as well as the direction of water flow,” Mr. Tawiah enumerated.

These measures, according to him, if followed to the latter, would help stakeholders to hold companies as well as individuals responsible for any deviation.

 

Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH 

Writers’ email: franklin.asare-donkor@todaygh.com

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