The government will begin the process of vetting all 1,350 small-scale mining licenses that has been issued to various businesses and individuals in the country.
The move is part of the holistic effort aimed at dealing with the menace of small-scale mining also known as galamsey in the country.
Charle Bissiw, representative of the president on the inter-ministerial committee on small-scale mining said the motive to vet all the licenses is borne out of the desire to weed out fake licenses and ensure that those who operate as small-scale miners are indeed genuine
According to him, chiefs and traditional rulers who are collaborating with the government in the fight against illegal mining are in full support of government’s decision to embark on the license vetting exercise
“Nananom are happy with the decision by the government to vet all the 1,350 small-scale mining licenses because people go to them with fake licenses and tell them they have been granted permission to mine in their areas. This has persisted for long and they have no way of verifying the truth or otherwise of such claims. So they are really in full support of this move” he told the MyNewsGh.com in an interview
Mr. Bissiw explained that government’s desire is to ensure that the environment is not compromised and that mining is done in a responsible and sustainable manner in the country.