The government intends to combat illegal mining by extending the cooperative mining scheme.

Lands and Natural Resources Minister Samuel Abu Jinapor hinted as much, warning that the Akufo-Addo administration would not tolerate illegal mining.

“Community mining is clearly the way forward in addressing the problem of illegal small-scale mining. My office and the Minerals Commission will work together to ensure that community mining expands in Ghana, both to protect the environment and to provide more jobs for the youth.”

During his two-day tour of the Ashanti Region, the Minister paid a visit to some small-scale mining sites to observe their operations.
Operations at the Adansi North group mining site were carried out in a sustainable manner.

“We demand that mining, including what is being done at this site, be done in a supervised manner to help protect the environment. Mr Abu Jinapor said, “We as a government have no room for illegal mining.”
As of the time of the tour, the miners were working in smaller pits with no concern for safety precautions.

He instructed the Minerals Commission to ensure that miners’ activities are properly supervised in order to save lives.

The Damongo lawmaker said, “I’m not especially excited with this style of mining here because the safety measures aren’t up to scratch.”

The Minister and his entourage had previously assessed the operations of the AngloGold Ashanti mines in Obuasi.
He reassured management of the government’s commitment to assisting them in developing a safe and environmentally friendly mining operation.

Source: 3news


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