Government sets up new mining framework to regulate small scale mining

Kojo Oppong Nkrumah – Deputy Minister of Information

Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, has announced the setting up of a new mining framework to ensure that small scale mining become more regulated and sanitized.
The framework according to the Minister, will not necessarily lift the 21 months ban on illegal small scale mining, but it is a policy framework that will ensure that operators in that industry live within the confines of the new policy.
Mr. Nkrumah was speaking to the media in Takoradi as a curtain raiser to the fifth National Policy Summit in the Western Region.
The details of the framework to be announced by December 14, 2018, will give direction as to how the 3000 trained small scale miners would operate and the status of their operations.
The Information Minister said these 3000 small scale miners have been validated and given approval to do legal and responsible mining.
Another aspect of the policy would work on dredging and repair of agricultural lands destroyed by illegal mining, other legal reforms, as well as efforts to avert resurgence of the illegal practice.
Mr. Nkrumah said activities of operation vanguard task force have largely been successful in the fight against illegal mining.
According to him, “many have used small scale mining as a cover up for lots of indiscriminate activities that had destroyed water bodies, contaminated many agro products and its adverse effects on the environment in general.
On the President’s trip to Japan, the Minister said the three day business trip would strengthen trade ties between the two counties, open Foreign Direct Investment and Knowledge Transfer, among the two countries.
The trip would also solicit support from industry giants in that country to help advance the One District One Factory policy of the government.
Source: GNA


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