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03 August 2017

Galamsey fight: Gov’t not unfairly targeting Small Scale Miners – Minerals Comm. Boss

The Chief Executive Officer of the Minerals Commission, Dr Tony Aubyn has said the government has no issues against the operations of small scale miners as has been perceived by a section of the public.

According to him, government has stopped Small Scale Miners including lincensed ones from operating for good reasons as certain unscupulous persons had infilterated through the ranks of small scale miners and were engaged in illegal mining (galamsey).

The Akufo Addo government for nearly six months has banned all sorts of small scale mining due to the destruction caused to lands and water bodies by activities of illegal mining.

The Association of Small Scale Miners who have grown impatient do not understand why the government’s stance against the activities of illegal mining, popularly known as galamsey, should also affect their operations when they have legitimate licenses from the appropriate public institutions to do their business.

They have threatened to go back to their mining sites claiming they have lost their means of livelihood while their equipment are being destroyed.

Others have even theatened to fight the 400 Military/Police Taskforce recently deployed to the various mining sites to enforce the ban on mining.

But speaking to Kasapa News, Dr Tony Aubyn urged the small scale miners to exercise restraint aas the government takes steps to sanitize the small scale mining industry.

“Government is committed to stopping all the wrongs ways of extraction of gold. Not too long from now, when the right measures have been put in place, small scale miners would be allowed to go back and do their work. Some have obtained license to do small scale mining on certain concession, but they’ve ended up doing otherwise and this is illegal.”

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