Look beyond Party interest when dealing with illegal mining – Akufo Addo

President Akufo-Addo on Wednesday opened a two-day bi-partisan Consultative Dialog on Small-Scale Mining, in Accra, and approached members to examine illegal limited scope mining without partisan politics, thin and parochial interests.

The President said it would require partners in the limited scale mining industry to participate in legit and genuine discussions to stem the tide of the hazard of illegal limited scope mining, also called “galamsey”.

He said despite the fact that mining made positions and improved vocations, it ought not be done to the detriment of harming the climate.

“Ghana isn’t just comprised of individuals, however the dirt, water bodies, valleys, mountains, woods, plants, and creature life, without them, we won’t endure and requires our aggregate assurance to secure them,” the President said.

“Ghana is supplied with various normal assets and ought to investigate imaginative approaches to misuse them, without harming the climate”.

President Akufo-Addo underlined the need to participate in capable and reasonable techniques for mining equipped for dealing with the woods, vegetation, and creature life.

The Dialog is on the subject: “Feasible Small-Scale Mining for National Development” with a goal to guarantee an expansive based agreement and a useful diagram to advance economical mining and stem illegal limited scope mining in the country.


It united agents from the Ghana Association of Small-Scale Miners and Ghana Chamber of Mines, bosses from the 16 areas, individuals from the Council of State and National House of Chiefs, among different partners.

The President repeated his prior remain to battle against ‘galamsey’ and manage anybody that occupied with it, independent of their political alliance and impact in the public arena.

Notwithstanding, the President said he would not do so dependent on gossip or simple claims.

He swore his administration’s purpose to stringently carry out the proposals from the Consultative Dialog to assist the whole populace.

The Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Mr. Samuel A. Jinapor, communicated idealism that the proposition, thoughts, and ideas from the Dialog would frame a serviceable plan to handle the illegal mining threat.

He said to execute arrangements and proposals from the Dialog, would require all encompassing and aggregate public endeavors secured on the respectability of activity to stop the galamsey hazard.

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Mr. Jinapor clarified that they would court support from bosses and mining networks on the best way to manage the inclusion of far off nationals in the limited scale mining area and give elective occupations to those to be influenced.

“We, from the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, wish to guarantee the President of the Republic, members at the gathering, and mother Ghana, that whatever set of measures that will radiate from the consultations throughout the span of the following two days, whenever endorsed by the public authority, will be carried out industriously, impartially and with an extraordinary feeling of respectability and direness,” he said.

The Managing Director of Anglogold Ashanti, who serves as the President of the Ghana Chamber of Mines, Mr. Eric Asuboteng said limited scope mining contributed colossally towards the development of the Ghanaian economy.

For example, the area utilized 1,000,000 individuals straightforwardly and made positions for 4,000,000 individuals in a roundabout way, he said.

It likewise contributed 10% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and 36 percent of the complete gold delivered in Ghana.

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Mr. Asuboteng communicated the Chamber’s determined help towards the guideline of the limited scale mining area to guarantee feasible mining rehearses.

The Director of Finance, Ghana Association of Small-Scale Miners, Mt Francis Opoku said limited scope mining began in Ghana in 1989 and had contributed generously towards public turn of events.

The area had since contributed from two to 35 percent of the nation’s absolute gold creation starting at 2020, he said and communicated the Association’s help towards guaranteeing dependable and supportable strategies for mining.

He was of the conviction that lone affirmed individuals ought to be permitted to mine in the nation to shield the climate.

Mr. Opoku promised the Association’s help to work together with state establishments and government to get rid of illegal and limited scope mining in Ghana.

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