Miners caution gov’t against bias over plans to lift ban on ‘galamsey’

Miners caution gov’t against bias over plans to lift ban on ‘galamsey’

- An association of miners in Ghana has cautioned the government against a manipulation of the process to legitimize their operation

- The government has set up a committee to regularize mining operations in Ghana

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Small scale miners in Ghana have issues a word of caution to the government, as plans are being put in place to regularize their operations.

Miners caution gov’t against bias over plans to lift ban on ‘galamsey’

John Peter Amewu, minister of Lands & Natural Resources

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In a report by mynewsgh.com, the Ghana National Association of Small Scale Miners (GNASSM), warned the government to refrain from politicizing the vetting procedure to determine formally recognized miners.

A committee has been formed with the mandate of ensuring that legally recognized miners are given the permission to work in peace, in the wake of plans to lift up the ban on illegal mining.

The Akufo-Addo-led administration, through the Lands and Natural Resources ministry, has placed a ban on illegal mining, popularly known as ‘galamsey’.

The reason for the ban, it was revealed, was as a result of the destruction of the environment as well as an attempt to protect the natural resources.

In that respect, a joint police-military operation, dubbed ‘Operation Vanguard’ was instituted to deal with the matter.

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Information available to YEN.com.gh shows that the government has revealed plans of vetting the processes involved in acquiring a mining license and a lease, and in that respect, deny those without the necessary documents the right to mine.

A member of the national communications team of GNASSM, Benjamin Annan, has cautioned the government against any form of bias in their attempt to scrutinize the mining permits

“We do not want anybody to destroy our water bodies and we shall not allow any politician to agree to ‘galamsey’ operations”, he stated.

“This is a national issue, the resources belong to all Ghanaians, therefore we don’t have to politicize our work, for this reason the government must not joke with it”, he continued.

As a result of fears of a possible manipulation of the process by some government officials, he warned against a politicization of the process.

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Source: Yen.com.gh

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