ACCRA, Ghana’s Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, John Peter Amewu has reiterated the government’s commitment to address holistically the menace of illegal mining in the country.
Speaking when members of the Ghana Chamber of Mines called on him here over the weekend, Amewu called for collaboration with the Chamber to take the fight to the illegal miners, stressing that mining in the forest and in water bodies must be stopped.
“We will take the fight to the illegal miners. We therefore need the Chamber’s collaboration,” added Amewu.who said government policies in the mining sector were geared towards enhancing growth.
He hoped that by working together the country could achieve the benefits from the sector. “We can achieve the benefits of the mining industry, if we work hand-in-hand with the mining firms,” he said.
The President of the chamber, Kwame Addo-Kufour, pledged support for the new Minister to enable him to implement policies and programmes to speed up the growth and development of the mining sector.
He stressed the readiness of the chamber to collaborate with the government to roll out initiatives that would be mutually beneficial to the country and the mining industry. There were many opportunities in the mining industry and minerals value chain to create a viable and competitive industrial sector, he added.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK