Ghana government has officially lifted the ban on small-scale mining in the country.
The Minister for Environment, Science, Technology & Innovation, Prof. Kwabena Frimpong Boateng who made the announcement said the directive is effective Monday, December 17, 2018.
According to him, the two-year ban is being lifted because an Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining has successfully developed a comprehensive policy framework to regularise small-scale mining across the country.
Prof. Frimpong-Boateng Boateng stressed that the lift affects only small-scale miners that have had mining concessions validated will be allowed to mine in designated areas.
“The ban on small-scale mining is being lifted for the compliant ones to go back to work within the regularised and reformed framework. The list of complaint miners will be published in the electronic and print media on Monday, 17th December 2018,” the Minister said during the launch of the framework.
The lifting of the ban allows individuals with mining licences and valid Tax Identification Numbers (TIN) whose concessions have been validated and given card with QR codes to show that they have been vetted, to go back to work.
Mining equipment, especially excavators and bulldozers not licenced by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) and tagged with electronic monitoring devices by approved agents, will also not be permitted for mining.
As part of processes to ensure reforms in the sector, small-scale miners have undergone training at the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT)
All mining companies are expected to have at least one person trained in sustainable mining at UMaT, Tarkwa.
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