The Secretary for the Inter Ministerial Committee on Small Scale Mining, Charles Bissiw has said that the small-scale miners, who appeared before the committee, were made to give reasons why they should be granted authorization to undertake mining.
According to him, documents of the artisanal miners were scrutinized as part of government’s plans to lift the ban on small-scale mining in the country.
He told Kwabena Agyapong on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that the Nana Addo led administration is committed to sanitizing small-scale mining premised on existing laws.
He explained that the roadmap adopted towards the lifting of the ban on small-scale mining in the country is to sanitize the country’s mining industry and ensure that people undertake responsible, environmentally friendly and sustainable mining.
The new mining concession agreement will provide all legal small-scale miners with identification cards and uniforms, he stated.
In addition to the uniforms, government would give every miner an ID card with a digitised barcode, unique number and TIN number, as well as insurance, he revealed.
The ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) he said took a meticulous approach in dealing with small-scale mining.
He assured Ghanaians the ban on small-scale mining would be lifted because ‘’we are at the final stage of the vetting process and it’s expected to last for two weeks.’’
He advised the miners and mining companies to adhere to the mining regulations or risk losing their licence.
“The minerals beneath the surface of the earth belong to the state, the licence given to the companies can be withdrawn at any time if they violate the regulations,” he stated.
He said the new mining concession agreement committee will make sure that at the end of the new registration process, the government will know how many concessions there are in each district, how many excavators they have there and the number of miners there.
Government, since March 2017, banned all small-scale mining across the country.
The inter-ministerial committee on mining was set up to deal with the menace of illegal small-scale mining.
The committee is currently working on a roadmap to lift the ban on small-scale mining.