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Government To Lift Ban On Mining: Prof. Frimpong Boateng

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Professor Kwabena Frimpong Boateng has disclosed measures to be implemented to sanitize and monitor small scale mining activities in the country during his visit to the Operation Vanguard team at Obuase in the Ashanti Region.

The Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation Minister said, All the excavators will be gathered at a site designated for its purpose in Obuase. Where all these heavy-duty machines will be officially registered and licensed.

Professor Frimpong Boateng added that, there will be tracking devices on all excavators for easy trace and monitoring.

This he said will help authorities to know the miners at a particular gold mining concession for easy surveillance and effective checks on activities to ensure standard practices and state of the art equipment are used in the process.

Meanwhile, the Presidential Committee on Environment and Natural Resource has started the vetting process of artisan and small-scale miners’ particulars and documents due 3rd September to Friday 7th September 2018.

According to the Spokesperson to the Inter-Ministerial Committee Charles Owusu Bissew, about 1350 licenses have been documented to be vetted.

Accordingly, those who did not qualify have been enrolled at University of Mines and Technology in Tarkwa to engage them in community mining.

Mr. Charles Bissew called on the media to support the in the education of the public on this crusade adding that, it is not the Governments intention to collapse mining activities to render people jobless but for the good of the future generation

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