Project Coordinator of the Multi-Sectoral Mining Integrated Project (MMIP) Isaac Karikari, has revealed that the ban placed on small-scale mining (Galamsey) will be lifted in three months’ time.
The government earlier in 2017 imposed a six-month ban on small-scale mining as part of efforts to end illegal mining and its related activities, which adversely affected the environment, particularly water bodies and forest reserves. The ban was extended after the period elapsed.
Speaking in an interview on an Accra based radio station on Monday, 4 December 2017, Mr Karikari said
“The government will start rolling out the Multi-Sectoral Mining Integrated Project for the miners to equip them with the right skills in doing responsible mining.”
According to him, the level of damage done the water bodies is too high so there was a need to extend the ban.
“The government had to spend millions of dollars to reverse the rivers to their normal state.” he explained
“We understand the plight of the miners, we know they have to make ends meet but the government wants responsible mining, the government is not against mining, and, so, we want to properly regulate their activities.” He added.
Source: Maryan Abena Oteng/hbtvghana.com