Fight Against Illegal Mining Gov’t to create 500k jobs for galamseyers – Ofori-Atta

The Finance Minister Ken Ofori Atta said the job opportunities will be created in the oil palm plantation sector.

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The government of Ghana will create over 500,000 jobs for the youth who are being prevented from continuing with their illegal mining activities popularly referred to as galamsey.

This was mentioned by the Finance Minister Ken Ofori Atta when he presented the 2017 mid-year budget review to Parliament on Monday (July 31, 2017).

He said the job opportunities will be created in the oil palm plantation sector.

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“Over 500,000 job opportunities in oil palm plantations and regulated small-scale mining will be created under a five-year Multilateral Mining Integration Project (MMIP) project.”

His comments come at a time when a joint military and police personnel have been deployed on Monday (July 31, 2017) to help the fight against galamsey.

Four hundred security men will be deployed to mining areas in three regions to help fight galamsey.

The task force was launched at Burma Camp.

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Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Lieutenant General Obed Akwa said failure is not an alternative in the fight against illegal mining.

“Indeed as I said in Bondase, failure is not an option, we shall put an end to all forms of illegal mining activities.”

The Finance Minister stressed the government is committed to the anti-galamsey fight hence the outdooring of the ‘Operation Vanguard’ made up of a joint military and police task force.

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