The government of Ghana has opened two community mining sites with the aim of encouraging responsible, inclusive and sustainable small scale mining in the Western Region.
Mr Mireku Duker, the Deputy Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, commissioned the sites at Mbaampehia in the Ahanta West Municipality. He described the new sites as a legal concession and urged operators to work in harmony and environmentally acceptable manner. And urged the communities should own the Mines and help them to grow for the betterment of their communities.
Unregulated small scale mining by both local and foreign nationals had caused massive destruction to Ghana’s environment, especially water bodies and forest reserves. To curb the danger, the Akufo-Addo-led administration placed a ban on the practice, introduced operations vanguard and other legal regimes to encourage more responsible Mining.
“We cannot continue to look on for our countrymen, especially farmers who drink from streams to die from both chemical and human waste dumped into the water bodies and environment. Such harmful behaviours had resulted in kidney, liver and other dreaded diseases hence the need for a collaborative effort to end it,” said Mr Mireku Duker.
The Deputy Minister added that the government had acquired the Commodity Monitor Equipment to save about 95% of the gold ore.Nana Agya Kwamena XI, who represented Otumfo Baidoo Bonsu, Over Lord of the Ahanta West Traditional council, described the community Mining project as a key intervention to create wealth for the local people while preserving the environment.
Mr. Ebenzer Kojo Kum, the Ahanta West MP, said more than 3,000 people would benefit from the sites with its rippling effects on local economic growth, poverty alleviation and sustainable development.