Place a ban on mining for 1 year to plan better reforms – Okyenhene tells gov't

Place a ban on mining for 1 year to plan better reforms – Okyenhene tells gov't

- Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin has called on the government to give a directive for mining to be put on hold for a whole year

- According to him, the placement of a year moratorium will help the state probe the sector for better reforms

- He added that the reforms will also help ensure sustainable mining in the years to come

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The Okyenhene, Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin, has called on the government to give a directive for mining to be put on hold for a whole year.

According to him, the placement of a year moratorium on the mining industry will help the state probe the sector for better reforms.

In a report filed by StarrNews, Amoatia Ofori Panin said the fight against illegality in the mining sector needs to be wholistic to prevent any future recurrence.

He added that the reforms will also help ensure sustainable mining in the years to come.

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“... I think the President and the Ministry should sit down and put on one-year moratorium on the whole mining industry so that we can look at it carefully and make sure that every license is renewed...,” Okyenhene said.

The Okyenhene also suggested that anyone who is interested in mining in the near future should go in under strict regulation and licensing.

He however said Small Scale mining has proven to help retain wealth from gold mining in the country to improve the living standards of the people.

According to him, given that Ghana has gained nothing significant from foreign-owned large-scale mining companies, mining must be properly regulated to operate.

Meanwhile, some Chiefs in the Central region are angry about the government's decision to destroy on-site galamsey equipment.

In a report filed by StarrNews, the chiefs have called on the government to stop burning their excavators.

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They rather want the government to use the seized excavators to fix the deplorable roads in the region.

The Ankobeahen of Twifu Atti-Mokwa Traditional Area, Nana Gyamera Akoto II called on the Minister for Lands and Resources to explain the rationale behind the burning of excavators.

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