Board Chairman of the Minerals Commission, Hon. Samson Bamfo has reiterated government’s commitment to ensuring sanity in operations of small scale miners.
This will come with rules and regulations that which will make their activities legal.
“Government’s role in the comeback of Anglogold Ashanti and the rollout of the community mining scheme gives credence to government to strengthen the mining sector”, he said.
The Board Chairman, said this during the launch of a Joint community mining scheme for Obuasi Municipal, Adansi North and Amansie Central in Adaase, a suburb of the Obuasi Municipality in the Ashanti Region.
He said that Ghana remained the only country to have successfully implemented the Community Mining Scheme.
He added that, other countries were prepared to learn from Ghana’s experience and that he said would promote Mining Tourism.
Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Benito Owusu-Bio mentioned that the ministry had issued 55 mining licenses to some communities.
He said “This includes three licenses issued in Abosso in the Western region, while Nsiana, Manso and Nkwanta have been granted 22 licenses.
“Tinga in the Savannah Region has aix licenses, Akoase has 17 and Mempehia in the Ahafo region has seven licenses”, he noted.
He advised operators who bring foreigners to engage in small scale mining to desist from it since that makes their operations illegal, reiterating the fact that, small scale mining remained the preserve of citizens of Ghana.
The Community Mining Scheme is a novel mining model by the government to curb illegal small scale mining in the country will create 16, 000 direct jobs nationwide.
The scheme would promote community involvement and linkages with other sectors of the economy.
By Agnes Melissa Yovo | Talksafrica.com