The Government of Ghana has established the Donkoto Mawinhiha Community Mining Scheme in the Atwima Mponua District of the Ashanti Region in accordance with its goals of generating employment and raising people’s standards of living through sustainable and responsible mining methods.
This initiative is being carried out by the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources. On June 29, the programme was introduced by the deputy minister for lands and natural resources in charge of mining, Mr George Mireku Duker, along with several traditional chiefs and the Member of Parliament for Atwima Mponua Constituency, Mr Isaac Asiamah.
The Donkoto Mawinhinha Community Mining Scheme is made up of two concessions totalling 40 acres and would provide “3000 direct jobs and 500 indirect jobs”, according to Mr Duker.
The Member of Parliament for the Tarkwa – Nsuaem Constituency noted that the destructive galamsey mining technique had been outlawed by the government through the Community Mining Scheme (CMS).
He announced the donation of one mercury-free gold processing equipment (Gold Katcha) from the government to the programme to ensure that mining and mineral processing do not harm the environment.
Mr Duker did not mince words when he issued a warning that the CMS is only intended for Ghanaians and that anyone caught using it will be prosecuted. He did, however, issue a warning, noting that the government remains resolute in its efforts to safeguard the nation’s water resources and fight against unlawful mining.
He said that as part of the government’s effort to turn back the industry’s fortunes and safeguard it from the activities of illicit miners, guards who would protect mining lines have been trained and speedboats have been purchased.
Atwima Mponua’s representative in parliament, Isaac Asiamah, praised the government’s dedication to generating jobs in the area.
“God has provided the community with resources, and it is incumbent upon the government to establish regulations to safeguard our resources and effectively utilize them,” he said.
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