‘Government is on course with the fight against galamsey’

Lydia Asamoah, GNA

Accra, July 31, GNA –
Mr Ken Ofori Atta, the Finance Minister, said due to government’s resolve to
fight illicit mining, most of the rivers that were polluted are being reversed
to their normal state despite the challenges.

He said more than 1,300
earth moving equipment have so far been taken out from the mining sites,
adding; “our rivers are showing signs of improvement, thereby returning our
treatment plants back to work”.

He has, however,
admitted that the fight against illegal mining had not seen any significant
result as at now, and so government had put together the five-year project
called Multilateral Mining Integrated Project (MMIP), to address the problem.

The MMIP is expected
to create over 500,000 job opportunities in phases, the Minister said.

Presenting the
Mid-Year Budget Review to Parliament on Monday, Mr Ofori- Atta said the MMIP
would also involve the training of 100,000 small scale miners, reclaiming 7,140
kilometers of total land size in Ghana, prospecting of 2,500 kilometers, build
skills for employment, create 100,000 jobs including the creation of 20,000
acres of oil palm plantation.

Mr Ofori Atta said
government had constituted a seven-member ministerial team to provide a medium
term solution, while disbursing GHC56 million towards an emergency programme.

He said most of the
mining degraded areas had also been tested for mercury levels and were ready
for reclamation.

He said over 3,000
floating platforms on most of the rivers in the Ashanti, Eastern, Central,
Western and Brong Ahafo regions had been removed from those rivers.


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