Ghana introduces community mining initiative to regulate activities of illegal miners
London, July 26, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Ghana President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has launched a new initiative at getting communities involved in mining activities and regulating activities of illegal miners. It is called Community Mining Programme, CMP
Launched at Wassa Akropong, in the Western Region., Community Mining Programme is also aimed at formalising mining in selected communities across the country and making sure that the locals partake and have full benefits of their God given natural endowments
With at least one community mine expected to be set up in each of the mining districts in the country, the community mining initiative will provide employment for more than 4,500 miners trained by Government at the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Tarkwa.
Launching the pilot programme at Wassa Akropong, President Akufo-Addo said that the Community Mining Programme would ensure that “mining will be done the right way, within the tenets of the law, and will not destroy our natural resources.”
“Today, we are launching a type of mining that will benefit all of us. I am here to plead with the young men who are participating in the community mining to do their best to adhere to all the laws and do a good job so that money will return to Wassa Amenfi. The money will come.”
He assured the programme would be replicated in other towns in Ghana by September this year, and will be closely monitored to ensure that the standards that have been set for the CMP are adhered to.
The Chairperson of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining, Prof. Kwabena Frimpong Boateng, indicated that the Minerals Commission had blocked out several zones in each of the mining districts for this purpose, with some traditional authorities also providing land for the CMP.
He noted that a number of large-scale mining companies have shed off areas to be used for the CMP, and, between now and September, concessions for the various CMP will be mapped out by the IMCIM Mapping Team and uploaded onto the GalamStop software.
Prof. Frimpong Boateng stressed that canoes fitted with outboard motors have been procured for the Riverine Team to monitor the waterbodies.
“With the rolling out of the CMP, there should be no excuse whatsoever for miners to be mining illegally in the water bodies,” he added.