The Minister of Lands and Natural Resources Hon Kwaku Asomah Cheremeh says the government has achieved 85% Success rate in the fight against illegal small scale mining also known as “Galamsey”
Addressing a press series in Accra, the Minister indicated that about 220 mining guards have been trained and deployed to the mining communities to ensure the sanctity of the environment.
He disclosed that some recalcitrant individuals including some chiefs and security personnel were accomplices in illegal mining, hence, there is a 15% shortfall.
The Minerals and Mining Law has been amended to ensure stiffer punishment of 15 years’ minimum sentence and 25 years’ maximum, while a fine range between GHC10,000 and GHC15,000 for mining offenders.
The World Bank has also supported Ghana government with some funds to implement the Multi-Sectoral Mining Integrated Project(MMIP) and the document would be launched on September 17.
Story By: Mary Quartey