- Small scale miners are planing yet another demonstration to kick against prolonged ban on their activities
-Members of the association of small scale miners complain about difficult times after ban was placed
Members of Ghana National Association of Small Scale Miners (GNASSM), have resolved to embark on a nationwide demonstration next Tuesday to object the continued ban on small-scale mining.
In January 2017, government banned all forms of small-scale mining as part of efforts to end illegal mining also known as ‘galamsey’
This action formed part of government’s effort to curb the devastating effects illegal mining had on the environment especially on the water bodies.
The ban which was first placed in January 2017 lasted -for six months, and was extended in October 2017, for another three months, which ended in January 2018, and then extended again till date.
Disgruntled Chairman of the Ashanti Regional Association of Small Scale Miners, Frank Osei, explained that the ban complained that times were hard for his members and himself as they are not able to work to fend for their families.
Speaking to CitiNews, Osei accused the government of being insensitive to their plight as it has not been fair with them in dealing with the ‘galamsey’ menace.
He therefore called on the members to small scale mining sector to travel to Kumasi, come Tuesday for the demonstration against the ban.
Osei recounted how government as part of its measures to ensure proper regulation in the mining sector began vetting of small scall miners in September
This according to Osei would lead to the reclaiming and re-afforestation of mined-out areas, restoration of impacted water bodies; and strict supervision of the processes of awarding mining licenses and associated permits to deal with illegal mining.
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