Ban on excavators should not affect legal or licensed miners & contractors-NPP MP


The Member of Parliament for Manso Adubea, Mr Yaw Frimpong Addo, has underscored the need for government to review the ban on the importation of excavators.

According to the MP, although the ban is good, it should not be implemented in a wholesale approach.

He has therefore admonished government to review the ban and allow persons in the building and construction sector, to have the opportunity to import excavators for their work.

He believes the ban would affect legitimate and licensed mining companies and other businesses that depend on excavators.

Cabinet some few weeks ago placed a temporary ban on the importation of excavators to combat illegal mining.

The ban takes effect May 1, 2019, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Transport and signed by the sector minister, Mr Kwaku Ofori Asiamah in Accra.

The ban according to the statement will remain in effect until further notice.

The statement said: ”This has become necessary following government’s decision to combat the illegal mining phenomenon, popularly known as galamsey.”

However, the MP says the decision is good but it should be implemented in a way that would affect all businesses.

”The ban is good but we have to take a re look at it. Excavators are not used for only mining but for other activities. What should happen to licensed miners and contractors who need excavators to work with? I think we should allow such persons to import the excavators for their businesses but we should also put in place measures to confiscate the excavators should they use them for illegal activities including galamsey,” he added.

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