Mr. Samuel. A. Jinapor, Minister for Lands and Natural Resources has revealed government’s resolve to clean up the small-scale mining will root out illegalities in the sector. He added the exercise will ensure decent and a well regulated mining for the development of the country.
Mr. Jinapor stated this when he addressed the members of the Ghana National Association of Small-Scale Miners at Dunkwa -On-offin in the Upper Denkyira district at the end of his two day tour of the Central region of Ghana.
“Our efforts so far is seeing some level of results, adding that you need sustain efforts to get results,” he said.
The Small-Scale mining sector, according to him, contributed about forty percent of total gold production out of the country and to the Gross Domestic product (GDP).
“We will therefore continue to use broadbase support to regulate Small-Scale mining”, Mr. Jinapor said.
He admonished small scale miners to adopt what he described as “peer regulation” to help push the sector forward and attract investors.
The Member of Parliament for the Damongo Constituency in the Savanah region also dismissed claims that government has given up the fight against illegal mining, saying ” we have not given up the fight.”
He assured Ghanaians that government was determined to sustain its efforts to curb the menace and promote peace and harmony in the sector.