ACCRA– The Ghanaian government has drawn up a roadmap to permanently lift the artisanal, small-scale mining sector in the country which also involves reclaiming and re-afforestation of mined-out areas.
Other actions include the restoration of impacted water bodies, strict supervision of the processes of awarding licences and associated permits for artisanal mining , continued formalization and regulation of the small-scale mining sector.
Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation Professor Kwabena Frimpong Boateng, who announced this at a media briefing here Thursday, said the ban on illegal mining would be lifted at the end the year.
The ban was imposed to protect human health and the environment from anthropogenic emissions and releases of mercury compounds caused by illegal mining, permanently eradicate unauthorised methods of small-scale mining and to allow Government to come out with measures to address the illegal mining phenomenon.
As part of the measures, the Minister said at the end of August 2018, 3,000 small-scale miners would have completed training in sustainable mining and mineral processing practices at the University of Mines and Technology in Tarkwa in Western Region Province).
Frimpong Boateng noted that there had been extensive public education of the dangers and effects of illegal mining and the government had devised extensive and intrusive monitoring mechanisms to make sure that after the ban was lifted, miners would not go back to the bad old ways to destroy the environment.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK