The government has issued 95 small scale mining licenses to members of the Ghana National Association Small Scale Miners.
The licenses were signed after a rigorous audit of the operations of the beneficiaries.
It is also part of the government’s desire to ensure responsible mining that respects the environment.
During the presentation, Sector Minister Samuel Abdulai Jinapor issued a stern warning to revoke the licenses of any company that violates the law.
“We’re going to be watching this closely, these dealers are going to strictly follow the terms of these licenses. If they deviate from any of the conditions, they must be assured that the licenses will be revoked.
The government expects miners to guarantee and provide basic structures and equipment geared towards responsible mining, in accordance with the health, technical and safety policies of the mining industry.
Curbing or controlling irresponsible mining is costing the nation while polluting and heavily drying up the country’s water bodies.
Ghana’s forest reserves are also rapidly shrinking due to the activities of irresponsible miners.
To reduce the impact of these negative activities, the government has initiated and implemented some interventions including provision of mercury and gold collector, night vision equipment, speedboats among others.
The latest is the granting of 95 small-scale mining licenses.
A Deputy Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, George Mireku Duker, listed and explained the impact of certain interventions.
Small Scale Miners General Secretary Godwin Amoah assured the government of its members’ cooperation and commitment to ensuring responsible mining.