Ban on galamsey still in place - minister warns

The ban on illegal mining, aka galamsey, is still in place, despite the lifting on the ban on small-scale mining, Professor Frimpong-Boateng has said.


Frimpong-Boateng, who heads the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM), said that the authorities will clamp down on anyone who flouts the ban.

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“It does not mean the ban on galamsey has been lifted. Galamsey is still illegal,” Minister of Science, Environment, Technology and Innovation stated on Friday, 14 December 2018 in Accra.

According to him, lifting of the ban on small-scale mining “does not mean foreign miners who are hiding in Ghana or escaped into neighbouring countries can come and continue their illegal activities.


"It does not mean security operations to enforce compliance with mining regulations and approved practices will be discontinued. It does not mean there will be no monitoring of mining activities”.

The Akufo-Addo administration has that it has lifted the ban on small-scale mining in the country.

The lift of the ban is supposed to take effect from Monday, December 17, 2018.

The lifting of the ban follows the successful vetting of 1,350 small-scale miners out of which over 900 have now been giving licenses to operate.

Meanwhile, the Convener of the Media Coalition against Galamsey, Mr Ken Ashigey, has said the fight against illegal mining has not been won yet.


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The government earlier in June 2017 imposed a six-month ban on small-scale mining as part of efforts to end illegal mining and its related activities, which adversely affected the environment, particularly water bodies and forest reserves.

The ban was however extended to end in January 2018 but remained in force until now despite numerous protests by people in the industry.


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