Chairman of the Wassaman small scale miners Association, Mr Emmanuel Quarm has registered his displeasure at the lands and natural resources minister Hon. John Peter Amewu over what he describes as abuse of his powers.
The Nana Addo led NPP government has placed a ban on all small scale minning activities as part of their plans to regulate mining in the country and also to reclaim destroyed lands by galamsey operators.
The minister of lands who announced the ban earlier this year stated that the ban was going to last for six (6) which after miners would be allowed to go back to their site.
One person has been confirmed dead, with several others believed to have been trapped after a mining pit in which they were mining for the precious stone collapsed at Ntotroso, a farming community in the Asutifi North District of the Brong Ahafo Region.
The 25 year deceased, only identified as Christian, and believed to be a Nigerian, and his colleagues, were in the pit prospecting for gold when it caved in.
Lands and Natural sources Minister, John Peter Amewu has disclosed that the ban on small-scale mining will be extended. He said initial assessment of the ban shows only 15 percent of the set target has been achieved making it improper to lift the ban.
Illegal mining activities in the Ashanti Region have reduced following the introduction of Operation Vanguard. This is according to the Ashanti Regional Minister, Hon. Simon Osei Mensah.
Addressing regional heads of department and agencies, Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives, during a Regional Coordinating Council meeting, Simon Osei Mensah said “since the introduction of Operation Vanguard, there has been a sharp drop in illegal mining in the region.”