GHANA’S LAND MINISTER ISSUES ULTIMATUM FOR ILLEGAL MINERS TO REMOVE EXCAVATORS

ACCRA, Ghana’s Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, John Peter Amewu, has issued a 30-day ultimatum for all excavators parked in mining communities across the country to be removed.

He said Sunday that the directive had been issued as he believed that the operators of the excavators had the intention of returning to mining sites they had been working on to continue their illegal mining activities.

The issued the ultimatum during a visit to Tumantu in the Nzema East Municipality of Western Region (Province) Sunday, when he led a team to visit some mining sites. This followed the expiry of an earlier ultimatum the Minister gave to all illegal miners to stop working on the mining sites.

He said henceforth all excavators would have to be registered and would be installed with tracking devices to monitor their operations.

He said the government was not against mining but it must be done within the remits of the mining law. Illegal miners would be integrated into the mainstream mining activities by providing them alternative livelihoods under the Multilateral Mining and Integrated Project.

Illegal mining has polluted water bodies and degraded the vegetation all over the country.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK