Few hours after government lifted the ban on small scale mining, some members of the Small Scale Miners Association are calling on government to lend them cash for their operations.
After a 20-month ban, government indicated that from Monday, December 17 the ban on small scale mining was being lifted.
The move was going to allow small scale miners to resume operations albeit appropriately so as to save the depleting environment around mining areas.
Even though the ban-lift came as a relief to small scale miners, they are however challenged since they claim not to have enough funds to undertake their normal mining activities.
In a report sighted by YEN.com.gh on Citinewsroom.com, some members of the small scale mining association lamented that since the ban, they have been unable to work, thus raise cash to pay back existing loans.
Also, their inability to work has resulted in no profit made during the 20 months of the ban; thus their need for financial assistance so as to revive their mining business.
The small scale miners noted that even though they had already made contact with some financial institutions to assist them with funds, the government was the best entity to support them financially so that their already broke business venture would not collapse entirely.
In a related development, government in its quest to ensure safe mining said that they are organizing various training programs for small scale miners to mine appropriately so as to salvage the deteriorating environment caused by inappropriate mining.
Furthermore, government said that they have put in place appropriate measures to guide small scale miners now that the ban has been lifted.
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