Don’t Involve Foreigners In Small Scale mining, Chairman Of Small Scale Miner’s Warns.
The National Chairman of Small Scale Miners, Evangelist Osei Kusi has warned members of the association not to engage foreigners in the small scale mining process.
Evangelist Kusi noted that the involvement of foreigners in the small scale mining business has the tendency of flaunting the laws governing small scale mining in the country. He emphasized that when Ghanaians are given the chance to engage themselves in the small scale mining without involving foreigners, the fight against illegal mining by the government will yield positive results.
Speaking to the media in Bolgatanga, the capital of the Upper East Region during a meeting of members of small scale mining association, Evangelist Osei Kusi revealed to word news that their meeting was aimed at deliberating on the amendment of the constitution, gazetting of land for small scale mining and Community mining to strength responsible mining process in the country.
According to the national chairman ,all members of small scale miners are entreated to follow due process to acquire their licenses because it enable members to operated without destroying the environment, lands and forest reserved. He added that the era of community mining is here in Ghana.
Evangelist Kusi also added that most of the Small scale miners who have licenses are very mindful of the mining regulations and for that matter they do not engage children below eighteen years in the mining process as well as some of the harmful effects involved in mining.
Meanwhile, a mining consultant for the Small Scale Miners in Ghana Professor Kuku Treveh cautioned all members of Small Scale Miners to do what he termed as well “Responsible Mining” which supports the principle that minerals and metal mining should benefit the economy, improve the lives of the people and respect the environment of the country, while benefiting mining companies in a fair and viable way .
Professor Kuku also expressed worry about the growing rate of land degradation in the country as a result no proper mining process and the continued usage of children under age to mine in Ghana.
The Chairman of the Concerns Citizens of Talensi, Mr Samuel Sapak, said even though members of the small scale mining in the country have over the years increased in number, it has not been able to fight for it’s rights.
Mr Sapak expressed worry over the decision of the leadership of the Small Scale miners not to comment on the seventeen young men who lost their lives in Gbane mining area in the Talensi District. He said the death of this young men was as a result of the foreigners who are mining in the area.
“Even though it’s not for us, our great grand parents bequeathed the minerals to us and for the benefits of Ghanaians in general not foreigners, so we won’t sit and allow foreigners to exploit the resources without giving it back to us”. He stressed.
The Chairman of the Talensi Concerned Citizens also call on members of the Small Scale Miners to rise up and defend their rights. He admonished the Concerned Citizens not to given up the fight for the seventeen young men who died in the Gbani mining site. Rather, they should ensure that these young men’s families are compensated because the report finding has vindicated their fight.
Source: wordfmonline.com/Gaspard Ayuureneeya .