The government has halted the issuance of license for small scale mining as part of a broad policy to clamp down on illegal mining (galamsey), Vice President, Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia has said.

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“We’ve suspended the issuance of small scale mining license so that we can restructure the sector. We’ve developed a five-year multilateral mining integrated projects to improve the management of small scale mining to protect the environment but at the small time to allow Ghanaians to mine in a regulated and sustainable manner,” he said a Town Hall meeting organised by Joy FM to mark the 100 days of the NPP administration.

“So under this five year integrated multilateral project, we will be identifying effective areas for small scale mining where we will then direct the small scale miners to those particular areas so that they are not just mining haphazardly. When we direct them there, we know that we’ve already prospected and there is gold in that area,” he said.

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The vice president stressed that, “We are banning all mining on river beds and near river bodies and making sure that there is surveillance over the water bodies using including drones to do those surveillance. “