The Government of Ghana has refused to remove the ban on illegal mining

The government of Ghana has indicated that it has not lifted the ban it placed on illegal mining.

President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo

This follows a revelation the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, made on Wednesday, December 19, 2018, whiles meeting the press at the Jubilee House.

 According to the President, the ban on illegal mining cannot be lifted since it destroys the environment and country at large.

He said the ban was to enable Government fashion a policy that would sanitise the sector, and ensure that, in future, small-scale mining, which has been with the country for centuries, would not damage the environment. 

He then added that “I cannot, and will not, give up on the fight to protect our environment," adding that, " I entreat the media and all well-intentioned Ghanaians to continue to join the fight to protect our lands and water bodies.”

Meanwhile, President Akuffo Addo pleaded with people who were engaged in legitimate small-scale mining forgive him as the ban he placed on small-scale mining was never intended to be permanent.

The government on Monday, December 17, 2018, lifted the ban on small-scale mining for miners whose mining concessions had been validated and successfully gone through the vetting process.

The president has hence urged all small-scale miners to follow suit the measures the government has put in place and do exactly that.

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