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General News of Friday, 14 December 2018

Source: adomonline.com

Ban on small scale mining lifted not ‘galamsey’ – Information Minister clears air

The Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has asked Ghanaians not to mistake the ban lifted on small scale mining for illegal mining known in local parlance as galamsey.

Speaking on Ekosii Sen on Asempa FM, he said people engaged in illegal mining will be apprehended if caught in the act.

The new policy framework which is going to regularize and reform mining activities will serve as a guideline for 3000 newly trained former illegal miners, as well as thousands more who have interest in mining to operate legally.

Meanwhile, Mr. Oppong Nkrumah has called on Ghanaians to come together and help government to do away with illegal mining for good.

Government in2017 was poised to spend 100 million dollars to reclaim lands destroyed by activities of illegal miners in the country, through the Multi-sectorial Mining Integrated Project (MMIP).

The five-year project is an initiative of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources (MLNR), aimed at combating ‘galamsey’ and also sanitizing the artisanal small scale mining in the country.