Mining Minister warns small scale miners not to return to site

The minister’s warning comes as the miners threatened to demonstrate against him in the strong hold of the government.

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The Minister for Lands and Natural Resources John Peter Amewu has warned small scale miners not to return to site as begins a three-day visit to illegal mining sites in the Ashanti Region.

The minister’s warning comes as the miners threatened to demonstrate against him in the strong hold of the government.

Ahead of the visit, the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has thrown his weight behind the clampdown on illegal mining (galamsey), saying the move is to protect the nation’s environment from extinction.

“I keep on saying that there is going to be a deployment of the law enforcement agencies; the Police the Army and the Airforce for a sustainable period – not less than one year, and that is going to come shortly. So if anybody dares to return to the site and it results in equipment being confiscated, that will be very unfortunate. That is why I have taken my time and explained issues to them and given timelines so they cease operations,” Mr Amewu said.

“I gave another period of 30 days, which is coming to an end, to make sure they evacuate their equipment from the sites. All those timelines are to makes sure there are no excuses when people’s equipment is seized.”

He told the press in the region that he will engage the small scale miners in the region to build in a bid to build “a Ghana that everybody will want to mine in.”

“For the association, I am going to engage them. I am in Kumasi and I am going to be in the Ashanti Region for the coming three days and I will have time to engage them so that together, we will build a Ghana that is acceptable and a Ghana that everybody will want to mine in,” he said.

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