Government to spend GH500 million to implement MMIP

Tarkwa (WR), Government would spend about GH500 million (US$150 million) in the next five years to implement the Multilateral Mining Integrated Project (MMIP).

The project, which is expected to commence by the end of 2017, is estimated to cost G00 million annually.

Mr John Peter Amewu, the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, made this known on the sidelines of a National Validation Workshop on the MMIP in Tarkwa in the Western Region on Wednesday.

The five-year project has five components namely; review and enforcement of legal and regulatory regime, reclaiming degraded lands, dredged silted estuaries and waterways and free lands for agribusiness, and implement social interventions to facilitate livelihoods creation in mining communities.

It also involves adoption of appropriate technology to ensure efficient mining, processing, environmental and monitoring activities and capability building of artisanal small-scale miners, regulatory institutions and project management as well as communications.

The project document was developed government through the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, the Minerals Commission and the JFK Consultant.

Mr Amewu, earlier in an address, said it would require sustainable and concerted efforts by all stakeholders, to effectively and efficiently resolve the phenomenon of illegal small-scale mining.

According to him, illegal mining was a multifaceted challenge and would not only rely on combative approach but adopt an integrated approach based on the lessons of previous initiatives working closely with various stakeholders.

The Minister said illegal mining had taken international dimension with Ivory Coast complaining about the effects of polluted water bodies having rippling effects on their lagoons and warned that if nothing was done to halt the menace, it would affect diplomatic relations between the two nations.

Mr Amewu noted that government was not against mining but the methodology being used by some elements in the industry had resulted in unbridled destruction of the environment.

Source: Ghana News Agency