Ministerial Appointments My top agenda is to fight galamsey - Lands Minister nominee

John Peter Amewu said if he is approved by parliament he will ensure there is a capacity training for illegal miners to ensure they go through sustainable mining processes.

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The Lands and Forestry Minister Nominee has indicated that his main agenda will be to fight against the canker of illegal mining in the country.

He said if he is approved by parliament he will ensure there is a capacity training for illegal miners.

Speaking to Accra-based Citi FM, John Peter Amewu said this is to ensure they go through sustainable mining processes.

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“Seasonal mining or the galamsey as we are all aware of, has become a canker within our environment. We believe that the capacities of these youth involved in these activities have to be built for them to conduct their mining activities in a more sustainable way.”

Foreign residents in Ghana particularly Chinese have been identified as one of the key categories of perpetrators of the galamsey menace.

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However, Amewu said his ministry will ensure such activities are stopped.

“The problem is that the foreigners most often have a front man and so somebody applies for a survey, for instance, a prospective license he is given does not necessarily mandate him or her to mine. But the person could immediately go into mining giving credence to the fact that the monetary section in terms of the workflow has not been properly monitored,” he said.

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“We need to make sure that a license made for prospecting, development or authorization to develop, must go with development. If we do this, the right people will be put in the right places to do the correct thing.”

Ghana is suffering from the activities of illegal miners. This illegal activity has caused damage to water bodies and farmlands as well as the loss of lives.

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