Minister lauds Minerals Commission for Online Repository

John Peter Amewu

Mr John-Peter Amewu, the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources has lauded the Minerals Commission for the introduction a Cadastral System of Ghana, which facilitated an online storehouse for the commission. 

He said such an initiative was a useful and would serve as a catalyst in the delivery of services. 
He made the comment when he visited the premises of the Minerals Commission as part of his familiarisation tour of the agencies under his ministry. 

According to Mr Toni Aubynn, the Chief Executive Officer of the Minerals Commission, the system was developed to assist the registration and easy identification of mining concessions.

Mr Aubynn identified the major challenge facing the Commission as the activities of illegal mining, which he said was creating nuisance in society.

He said, “we must encourage small scale mining and stop illegal mining”, adding, they were willing to cooperate with the law enforcement agency to curb the menace.

Mr Aubynn said the Commission had run short of staff and called for the employment of more qualified hands to ensure effectivenes in their operations.

The Lands and Natural Resources Minister mentioned that the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, was passionate about discontinuing the activities of illegal miners in the country. 

He stated that there was the need to attract investors into the country and “we need to create a conducive atmosphere for investors and donor countries”.

Accompanying the Minister were; the Chief Director of the Ministry, Professor Bruce Kofi Banoeng-Yakubo and Mr Benito Owusi-Bio, the Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Lands and Natural Resources.

Source: GNA

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