In an effort to ban illegal mining, Cabinet has placed a temporary ban on the importation of excavators.
According to a statement issued by the Transport the ban will take effect from May 1, 2019.
The Minister who signed the statement, Mr Kwaku Ofori Asiamah said: “This has become necessary following government’s decision to combat the illegal mining phenomenon, popularly referred to as galamsey,” the statement explained and, accordingly, urged the public to take note of the directive.
The Minister has also told Graphics Online that
government was committed to the fight against galamsey and was bent on instituting measures aimed at curbing the menace.
On the issue of the fate of excavators which have been shipped and are in transit prior to the ban, Mr Asiamah said “the importers would have to provide documents to show they indeed imported the excavators before the ban.”
Meanwhile, the fight against galamsey has been given a boost following a decision by government to increase the compensation budget allocation for the Minerals Commission from GH¢28.62 million in 2018 to GH¢63.55 million.
The increment represents an increase of 122 per cent.
The significant increase in the commission’s compensation budget was occasioned by the need to augment the current staff strength in order to effectively combat the illegal mining menace and ensure sustainable minerals extraction and management.
This came to light when the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources (MNLR) met the Parliament’s Joint Committee on Lands and Forestry and Mines and Energy to discuss the ministry’s 2019 budget estimates in the second week of February 2019.