Anti-Galamsey Task Force Hits Road

By: I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi

 

Some members of the anti-Galamsey taskforce during the swearing in ceremony

From all indications illegal mining, also known as ‘galamsey,’ would end once-and-for-all in the Ashanti Region following the inauguration of a 15-member taskforce.

The move is to support government’s fight against illegal mining to forestall the destruction of the environment.

The Ashanti Regional Chapter of the Ghana National Association of Small Scale Miners formed the taskforce made up of energetic men.

The taskforce has been charged to monitor the activities of illegal miners in the region.

The small-scale miners, who have declared war on illegal mining, have started another project christened ‘Operation Cover 2 Acres.’

Under the project, each member of the association would reclaim at least two acres of land destroyed through ‘galamsey’ in their catchment area.

Frank Osei, interim executive member of the association, stated that his outfit was determined to support government to effectively tackle illegal mining.

He observed that illegal mining activities rapidly destroy the environment, urging all small-scale miners to join the fight against the menace.

According to him, their open fight against illegal mining is to show to government that small-scale miners abhor ‘galamsey.’

Mr. Osei expressed hope that within the next three months, the taskforce would help reclaim vast lands damaged by the illegal miners.

He noted that the taskforce would officially work with the various assemblies in the region.

Mr. Osei also commended President Akufo-Addo’s decision to stop illegal mining in the country and urged all and sundry to support him.

 

Source: modernghana.com

Minerals Commission signs MOU with Solidaridad

 

Accra, April 7, GNA – The Minerals Commission has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Solidaridad West Africa to promote responsible mining practices in small-scale gold mines.

The MOU is to formalise an on-going relationship with Solidaridad to support licensed small scale gold mining companies to operate responsibly.

Solidaridad, is an international Civil Society Organisation with almost 50 years of global experience in facilitating the development of socially responsible, ecologically sound and profitable supply chains.

The organisation has been implementing a Gold Programme in Ghana since 2012.

The overall objective of the programme is to improve the livelihoods of small-scale miners and communities around them. In order to achieve this, Solidaridad works with small-scale Mines with the aim to improve environmental, safety, social and business practices and build better relationships using the Fairmined standard for gold as a tool.

The Fairmined Standard is an international voluntary standard for gold that promotes responsible business practices such as formal and legal mining operations, human rights, labour rights and environmental protection, health and safety among others.

In the next four years, Solidaridad would be implementing projects aimed at improving the livelihoods of small-scale miners by promoting responsible mining practices; assisting in the development of mining communities, facilitating access to technical and financial services for small scale mines and engaging with various stakeholders in the small scale mining sector to help find policy solutions to land issues in the sector.

The Minerals Commission as a result of its role of regulating and managing the utilisation of the mineral resources of Ghana and the co-ordination of the policies relating to them would assist Solidaridad in the implementation of its Gold Programme.

Speaking at the brief signing ceremony in Accra, the Chief Executive Officer of the Minerals Commission, Dr Toni Aubynn said that provisions in the MOU would only be beneficial if they are implemented and promised that the Minerals Commission was committed to ensuring that the thrust of the MoU was achieved.

He therefore thanked Solidaridad for the opportunity to collaborate with the Commission to ensure that the developmental benefits of small scale mining were harnessed.

On his part, the Regional Director of Solidaridad West Africa, Mr Isaac Gyamfi noted that with Solidaridad’s experience in building the capacity of small scale mines to perform responsibly, he was confident that if small scale mines in Ghana were exposed to the right health, safety and environmental standards, they would be able to mine responsibly without having negative effects on the environment.

He said, ‘together we can work to ensure that small scale gold mining preserves the environment and improves the livelihood of mining communities’.

 

Source: modernghana.com

Small Scale Miners Congratulates Minister Amewu- ASMAN

Peter Amewu

 

The Artisanal and Small Scale Mining Africa-Network (ASMAN) has congratulated Hon. John Peter Amewu on his nomination as the Lands and Natural Resources Minister-designate by His Excellency, President Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo.

Hon. John Peter Amewu is a Cost Engineer with more than 15years experience in Government, Private Sector, Civil Society and International Development; and currently the Alumni Vice Chair for the Ghana Chapter of the International Mining for Development Centre (IM4DC).

ASMAN is proud to be associated with your appointment as it marks victory for mining advocacy; and hope that your long association and involvement in mining advocacy on issues of small scale mining and community aspects of resource development, puts you in a best position to find lasting solutions to the challenges of illegal mining (galamsey).

As we congratulate you, we also wish to request that you create a platform for regular interactions between the ministry and small scale mining value-chain operators to address key challenges on galamsey and the categorization of the small scale mining sector.

The Executive Director of ASMAN, Nii Adjetey-Kofi Mensah, and the Board and Management of ASMAN see your appointment as the beginning of concrete efforts to address the challenges of disemination affecting mining policy (now available) and the environmental mining regulatory framework. In conclusion, ASMAN look forward to having a fruitful working relationship with you and the ministry on the call to regularise Galamsey. Congratulations

 

Source: mordenghana.com