All informal miners have been successfully moved from the areas under the AngloGold Ashanti Ghana Ltd (AGAG) concession which they had previous occupied illegally, says Dr Toni Aubynn, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Minerals Commission of Ghana.

“We are happy to announce that as at Friday, Nov 25, 2016, all informal miners have been successfully moved from the previously occupied areas of the AGAG concession,” he told a media briefing here Wednesday.

“Thus, currently there are no informal miners in the areas which were occupied by the miners early this year,” he added.

Dr Aubynn said the exercise was successful carried out through the collaboration of the Ashanti Regional (provincial) Security Council (REGSEC), which established and executed a roadmap to ensure that the relocation was carried out within a judicious manner without incident.

A total of about 3,350 informal miners were relocated from the company’s Obuasi mine concession to the northern part of an area ceded by the company for the informal miners to work on in Abedwum, Adumanu and Jacobu’ while 750 other informal miners were moved to the southern part of the ceded area comprising Kotopreso, Tema Rigde, Amponyase and Akasu.

Dr Aubynn said the last group of 100 informal miners were removed from the Abompe area of the AGAG concession and are currently going through the plot allocation process within the ceded area.

Following the relocation exercise, AngloGold Ashanti, one of the world’s leading gold producing companies with its headquarters in Johannesburg, would be sealing off all the evacuated areas and permanently secure these areas to prevent future encorachment while the military and police would continue to provide security.

He expressed optimism that government would work with AGAG to develop the over eight million ounces of gold in the belly of the Obuasi mines while urging small-scale miners to endeavour to acquire legal mining permits to operate rather than resorting to mining on the concessions of large mining companies.