A Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Mr George Mireku Duker has inaugurated a six Member Committee at Daboase in the Wassa East District of the Western Region to ensure that more small scale mining was streamlined and beneficial to the people of the district and Ghana as a whole.
In his inaugural address, Mr Duker enumerated that as part of initiatives to ensure sustainable and responsible mining within communities per Section 92 of the Minerals and Mining Act (Act 703), mining communities have the mandate to supervise and ensure good mining practices.
According to him, Ghana is a leading producer of gold but has nothing to show for it, and for that matter, the government was poised to ensure that revenue generated from the mining sector was used for the benefit of the people.
He added that the government intends to use the Community Mining Scheme (CMS) to grow Ghanaian representation in the mining space and support them to grow into big mining firms, in that the CMS has been mandated to promote responsible, viable and safe mining methods.
Mr Duker who is also the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Tarkwa-Nsuaem constituency pointed out that, “we want to use gold resources to develop the country”.
The Committee was Chaired by Mr Emmanuel Boakye, District Chief Executive (DCE) of Wassa East with other members as Nana Kwabena Amponsah, Mr Jones Benjamin Tawiah, Mr Moses Kpebu, Mr Isaac Nwimbele and Mr Bright Arko.
In his acceptance speech, Mr Boakye was grateful to the government for the honour done him and the other members of the Committee and promised to work hard to ensure that sanity prevailed as far as community mining was concerned in the district.