There are now Nine Hundred and Thirty (930) mining concessions and licenses in the country, according to the Secretary to the Inter Ministerial Committee on small scale and illegal mining and the environment, Charles Bissue.
The figure is a reduction from the 1,350 concessions and licenses that were in existence under the erstwhile opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration.
The current figure was arrived at, after the vetting of all the licenses by the inter-ministerial committee last year, following which the roadmap on responsible mining came into force, culminating in the lifting of the ban on small scale mining.
Speaking on Accra based okay Fm, Mr. Bissue assured that the committee was bent on ensuring strict adherence to the roadmap on responsible mining across the country.
‘’We are going to go the long haul to ensure that all the people issued with the concessions and licenses adhere to all the rules of engagement and that the environment and water bodies are protected. That is why we brought in the drones, the galamstop and others. So we are not going to go to sleep at all’’ Mr. Bissue said.
He reiterated the commitment of the current government under the leadership of president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to streamline operations in the mining sector, with a special focus on protecting the environment while ensuring that the generality of the Ghanaian people benefit from the resource.
‘’We are working for the next generation, not the next election. All those who have been given the concessions should not think that the ban has been lifted and so we have gone to sleep. We are monitoring and tracking their operations each step of the way. And the chiefs and traditional rulers are also very helpful. They are supporting and cooperating with us so much and so we thank them’’ he added.