Small scale mining: Occupy Ghana advocates continuous ban, says 95 percent of mining licenses are illegal

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Pressure group Occupy Ghana has voiced its displeasure and opposition to plans by government to lift the ban on small scale mining in the country.

According to the group, about 95 percent of mining licenses in the country have no parliamentary ratification, hence are illegal and as such should not be allowed to operate.

Group member Kwaku Segbefia said on an Accra based radio station and monitored by that all licenses issued by the Minerals Commission are invalid as a result of their non-ratification by parliament.

The group argues that government’s roadmap on the reopening of small scale mining is incomplete without the attached parliamentary ratification on the document.

According to Mr. Segbefia, the roadmap as issued by government is also silent on how destroyed lands and water bodies will be reclaimed, explaining that the group wants to see a complete document that takes into account all angles of the issue before government goes ahead to lift the ban.

‘’Another issue of concern to us is the issue of foreigners involved in the illegal and small scale mining business. We are all aware that it was the issue of these foreigners that brought up the galamsey issue. This too the document has not addressed and so we feel that it is not complete, it is not holistic and government must consider all these before lifting the ban’’ he said.


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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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