The battle against illegal mining requires the collective effort of every Ghanaian, Mr George Mireku Duker, Ghana’s Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources in charge of mines said 6th April 202 while inaugurating the six District Mining Committees in the Western North region of the country.
The six mining committees are in the Sehwi Wiawso, Bibiani, Suaman, Bodi, Juaboso, and Akontombra districts.
Mr Duker noted that government’s determination to curb illegal mining would be unsuccessful if it does not get the buy-in of stakeholders.
He commended the members of the committees for responding to the call to serve the country. He however reminded them of the task ahead which he said is herculean.
“Ghanaians especially inhabitants of the respective districts will be looking up to you to undertake measures that will protect the waterbodies and address the peculiar challenges facing the mining sector in those areas,” he reiterated.
One of the duties of the committee members is ensuring that the responsible mining methods spelt out in Act 703 of the Minerals Act 2006 are adhered to by mining companies.
The Member of Parliament for the Tarkwa-Nsuaem Constituency charged the members “to rise above personal interest and show dedication, discipline, and punctuality in the discharge of their duties.”
“Ensure that the State is at the heart of every decision they take,” he added.
He encouraged the members to preach the gospel of the community mining scheme to dwellers. The Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources has adopted the Community Mining Scheme as a more sustainable mining and thus should be embraced by all.
“Community Mining Scheme is the ideal way of actualizing President Akufo-Addo’s dream of building local giants in the mining industry and the onus lie on the District Mining Committees to promote it,” he charged.
The committee members welcomed the challenge handed them by the government and vowed to help stamp out illegal mining. They fommitted to helping the government achieve its objectives for the sector.
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