Small Scale Miners pledge support for roadmap

Accra – The Ghana National Association of Small Scale Miners Association (GNASSM) on Tuesday, pledged its continuous commitment to engage and support the government in addressing the current challenges in the mining sector.

Mr Emmanuel Yirenkyi Antwi, the Head of Operations of the GNASSM, addressing the media in Accra, expressed appreciation to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM) for launching the Roadmap for lifting of the ban on legitimate Artisanal and Small Scale Mining.

He said the Association was happy that the 18 months long ban on small scale mining, which had brought untoward hardships to its members was finally coming to an end.

As we always do, GNASSM will continue to engage and support government through this roadmap smoothly giving creative ideas to ensure that our members go back to work as soon as practicable, he said.

Mr Antwi, however, appealed to the IMCIM to speed up the processes to the lifting of the ban as indicated in the Roadmap, pledging the unflinching support of the Association to the full implementation of the Roadmap.

The GNASSM, he said had learnt a lot lessons, and had also taken steps towards ensuring self-regulation, coordination of all its members as well as illegal miners, and put in place structures and systems that would help raise public awareness through community education, to ensure sustainable mining in Ghana, in order to avert a recurrence.

He stated that although the Association had been engaged in the designing of the Roadmap, it had expressed concerns on some unfavourable aspects in the conditions precedent to the pre-ban lifting activities, which included, the removal of all earth moving mining equipment within districts to designated areas.

Another concern raised was on the registration and installation of tracking devices on earth moving mining equipment.

Mr Antwi appealed to the government to reconsider these decisions, arguing that it would pose an extra cost to members who were already cash strapped due to the long ban, and further suggested that the tracking of the earth moving equipment be rather done on mining sites to save cost.

Source: Ghana News Agency

   

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