BOARD Chairman of the Minerals Commission, Mr. Samson Kwaku Boafo, has assured the Ghana National Association of Small Scale Miners (GNASSM) of the board’s readiness to assist them grow their business to help government achieve its agenda of Ghana beyond aid.
Speaking at a meeting with over fifty national executives of the small scale miners association in Kumasi, Mr. S.K. Boafo noted that, interventions to be implemented will help enhance their income and the economic wellbeing of their employees especially those from the host communities.
He therefore called on the small-scale miners to undertake their operations in an environmentally sustainable manner and also grow their businesses into large-scale status.
The chairman also noted that Ghana’s mining industry has the potential of making the country economically independent if properly organized, thus, the board’s key objectives of growing Ghanaian businesses in the mining sector and to improve safety of all actors.
Mr. S. K. Boafo, assured the national executives that, government’s ban on small-scale mining would be lifted after the necessary regulatory interventions have been put in place.
He therefore called for the formation of a working group made up of officials from the Minerals Commission and the Small Scale Miners Association to work on a road map going forward to ensure sanity in the sub sector.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Minerals Commission, Mr. Addae Antwi-Boasiako on his part, also assured the miners that, the Commission was in the process of increasing the number of offices in the mining Districts to ensure effective monitoring of mining operations as well as the registration of all mining equipment of operators for effective monitoring.
According to him, this is to prevent the level of environmental degradation which warranted the current ban of small scale mining operations.
The President of Ghana National Association of Small Scale Miners, Evangelist Collins Osei Kusi, was full of praise for the Minerals Commission board for meeting the Association to discuss such vital issues that affect the very survival of their businesses.
He assured the board of their readiness to work together to achieve government’s plans for the sub sector.
Evangelist Kusi however noted that, illegal mining normally arises out of inadequate mineable lands for the small scale miners.
In this regard he called on the board to ensure strict compliance by prospecting mining license holders regarding shedding off portions of their concessions.
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