President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo has stated categorically that the ban on illegal mining is not to get them out of job but to ensure sanity in the system.
“I did not say I want to collapse the activities of small-scale mining but will not encourage illegal mining in the country” he said.
“Mining activities should be safe; when I was sworn into office in January 2017, I promised to protect the resources of the country so, I will not allow illegal mining to destroy our land and water bodies”, he stressed.
“Although I have received ‘bashing’ form certain circles on illegal mining, I will still not allow it to be done, hence the introduction of community mining to regularize the activities of small-scale mining and to bring sanity into the system” he added.
The President, was speaking at the launch of Community Mining Programme for the youth at Bawdie-Dompim, in the Amenfi East Municipality in the Western Region.
He pointed out that the Inter-ministerial Committee on Mines has supported the community mining to become reality and there is the need for all to embrace it.
He urged the youth to adhere to all the safety rules governing it; this will be replicated in all the mining communities across the country and stressed that “training, is very important”.
Mr. Patric Essiam, Member of Parliament for Amenfi East explained that the community mining is to serve as an alternative for illegal mining.
“It is expected to absorb about 1,500 youth in the area and that five more communities are expected to join” he added.
Prof. Kwabena Frimpong Boateng, Chairperson of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining, explained that the banned on illegal mining is to ensure that those engaged in it operates safely.
“With the community mining, interested persons have been trained and registered with the various MMDA’s and have acquired license to operate”, he said.
Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah, Western Regional Minister added that community mining is to encourage legal mining across the country.
“Community Mining, is also to alleviate poverty and ensure that our rivers are safe and clean at all times” he said.
At the Bawdie-Dompim, there are 73 pits and it is expected that 50 persons will be allocated to one pit.
Also, drone pilots have been trained at the national, regional and district levels to ensure that responsible mining takes place.
Again, alcohol test will be dome randomly, if the individual is caught, he or she will be sacked.