The Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abdulai Jinapor has asked Ghanaians to give evidence on people suspected of illicit small-scale mining.
He claims that his organization has taken steps to ensure that those who continue to engage in the scourge despite the government’s multiple interventions are flushed out and dealt with according to the law.
Fighting illegal mining has been a difficult nut to crack, despite the government’s efforts to put an end to it. Many have suggested that those that sponsor the activities are frequently powerful people, which is why the government is unable to pursue them thoroughly.
The government outlawed all sorts of small-scale mining in the country in 2018. This decision, which has angered small-scale miners, was made to clean up the mining industry in the long run.
Under the Operation Halt effort, over 200 military men were dispatched to hunt out illicit miners who were harming water bodies around the country.
After several months of operation, the country’s Minister of Natural Resources, Samuel Abdulai Jinapor, has stated that the struggle against the threat is far from over.
As a result, Mr. Jinapor is pushing the public to send proof of illegal miners to his organization so that they can be prosecuted.
“I will gladly accept any evidence from anyone, anywhere… “We are making a concerted effort without fear or favor,” the minister stated.
“The president is absolutely dedicated to sanitizing our country’s small-scale mining sector, and we will be brutal and unrelenting in our efforts.”
The Minister also stated on Ghana Television that the government has put in place enforcement mechanisms and initiatives to protect the country’s natural resources, notably water bodies, in order to alleviate water shortages.
He also urged community leaders to take on leadership roles in the fight against the threat.
“We are insisting that community mining operators reclaim the ground concurrently with the community mining we are implementing under President Akufo-Addo, so that when you excavate, you claim and re-vegetate before you continue to excavate.”