Small scale & illegal mining: Mandatory insurance for small scale miners in the offing-Government hints

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Government will soon make it mandatory for all small scale miners to take insurance covers in order to insure their lives and those of their families.

The move is part of government’s quest to streamline the mining sector and ensure only licensed and certified people are allowed to operate mining concessions in the country.

Secretary to the inter-Ministerial Committee on illegal Mining, Charles Bissue who made the announcement on Accra based Okay Fm and monitored by said the Minister for environment, science and technology, Professor Kwabena Frimpong Boateng is bent on ensuring that the lives of miners are protected, including those of their families.

‘’The phenomenon where miners get trapped in the pits and sometimes die and their wives and children suffer will be a thing of the past because the Minister for environment is keen at protecting them. It will become mandatory for all small scale miners to take insurance covers, to insure themselves and their families’’ he noted.

Giving an update of the committee’s work so far, Mr. Bissue opined that the committee is currently engaged in vetting some 421 small scale mining licenses that has been brought to them by the small scale miners, adding that steps are being taken to retrieve some 900 licenses that are missing.

He added that the committee currently is also evacuating excavators in the Western region, while some drone pilots are also undergoing training in Tarkwa in the Western Region.

He said a mapping exercise will also begin soon.


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Kennedy Mornah is an Award Winning Ghanaian Journalist with over two decades of experience in the Ghanaian Media landscape spanning the electronic, print and digital media. He is a Media Consultant, a Corporate MC, Radio and TV Host, Founder and Publisher of the Maritime and Transport Digest Newspaper, Businessman, a Go getter and an optimist. He has worked for renowned media organizations including Diamond Fm in Tamale, Luv Fm in Kumasi, Oman Fm in Accra and Starr Fm in Accra In 2017 he received the Reporter of the Year Award at the Ghana Shippers Awards in Accra, Ghana.

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