The Upper East Regional Minister, Stephen Yakubu has charged the Minerals Commission of Ghana and the Ghana Landscape Restoration and Small-Scale Mining Project to ensure various mining companies in the region adhere to the mining regulations.
He said mining companies should ensure they engage in proper mining activities that will not only benefit their organisations but the greater population in the region.
“We all know that our gold is deep down. Keeping in mind that we are the poorest, so those miners who have concessions here should make sure it benefits us all. So, as a region, we have put all our hopes on the minerals commission to keep them up to task so that they will do the right thing for the region; and in the end; the chiefs will get their share; the district assemblies will get their share, and the region will also get its share.”
Mr. Yakubu was speaking at a stakeholder engagement organised by the Minerals Commission of Ghana in Bolgatanga.
The Minister added that mining companies within the catchment areas should also be mindful of their corporate social responsibilities, especially to the various communities.
The engagement was aimed at sensitizing chiefs and relevant stakeholders to the activities of the Ghana Landscape Restoration and Small-Scale Mining Project and its implementation mechanism.
The National Project Coordinator of the Ghana Landscape Restoration and Small-Scale Mining, Dr John Kingsley also assured that his outfit would do the needful to support small-scale miners on a path to safe mining.
“This project had its support from the World Bank and is aimed at ending illegal small-scale mining. We believe that one sector alone can not address the numerous challenges confronting this canker of illegal mining. So, we are looking at all the garment of issues through strengthening regulations and empowering our various district chief executives and traditional leaders. It will also address the challenges of getting licenses for small-scale mining through the digitalization drive.”
The Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Minerals Commission, Samuel Tika used the opportunity to assure the minister and residents of the various mining communities of their commitment to ensuring that mining companies are engaged in safe mining practices.
“We developed this mechanism to guide small-scale miners on the path of smooth mining activities. Aside that, we are calling on the chiefs and other relevant stakeholders on how collectively, we can protect and manage our natural resources for the greater growth of the country. So, collectively we all have a part to play to ensure we mine responsibly, keeping in mind the mechanism of the mineral commission’s guidelines and how to end illegal mining at all cost.”
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1 MHz|Moses Apiah|Ghana