On behalf of Sector Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Hon. Samuel A. Jinapor, the Deputy Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Hon George Mireku Duker inaugurated a 40-member Taskforce of the Ghana National Association of Small Scale Miners at Kumasi today.

This is yet another step undertaken by the Ministry to combat illegal mining in Ghana. He said.

This is a strategy by the Ministry to engage and involve the legal small-scale mining operators, who are willing to mine responsibly and also help government effectively trace and eliminate recalcitrants in the sector.

A central Joint National Rapid Response Taskforce established under the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources shall coordinate the activities of the GNASSM and report accordingly.

He used the meduim to indicate that, all manufacturers of changfans machines used for undertaking such henious activities on our water bodies should cease immediately. Changfan machines are hereby banned.

The Ministry shall avail all the necessary resources to support this important task.

Beyond the Taskforce activities, the Ministry shall soon roll out a big alternative livelihood projects in small-scale mining communities to ease their dependence on the illegalities.

The GNASSM have pledged their unflinching support towards the agenda of government in eliminating the canker of illegal mining.

Present at the inaugural ceremony were the Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Hon. Benito Owusu Bio, Ag. CEO of Minerals Commission, Mr. Martin Ayisi, Technical Director of Mines, Mr. Peter Awuah, past & present executives of the Ghana National Small-Scale Miners Association and other officials of the Lands & National Security Ministry.

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