The Lands and Natural Resources Minister, Samuel Abu Jinapor, has vowed to win the battle against illegal small scale gold mining, referred to locally as "galamsey".
The government, he said was resolute in its commitment to stop the destruction of the environment - contamination of the water bodies and massive destruction of the country's forests and farmlands through the activities of the illegal gold miners.
They were ready to go to every length to make "galamsey" unattractive, there would not be any incentive for anybody to engage in that.
He was speaking at the inauguration of a joint technical committee of experts put together to help address challenges in the mining sector to ensure efficiency and smooth operation of the sector.
Ghana, last year, produced five million ounces of gold, surpassing South Africa's total of 3.5 million ounces. The West African country's revenue generated for the mineral amounted to US$7.2 billion, the highest income income from the mineral in 11 years, since year 2009.
The year 2020 earnings from gold represent an increase of about US$1 billion over the 2019's total of US$6.2 billion. The Committee inaugurated by the Minister draws its membership from both the Lands and Natural Resources Ministry and the Ghana Chamber of Mines.
It is co-chaired by the Deputy Lands and Natural Resources Minister, Mr George Mireku Duker and Mr. Edwin Acquaye of the Finance Committee of the Chamber of Mines.
It would among other things discuss the formulation and implementation of policies that would enhance the competitiveness and attractiveness of the country's mining sector and maintaining high standards of environmental safety.
It would see to the quick resolution of any challenges in the sector. The Ghana Chamber of Mines used the ceremony to present a cheque for Ghs778,657.00 in support of the greening Ghana project.
The project, launched in June, this year, aims at restoring large swathes of land degraded by the activities of illegal miners. It has targeted to plant 20 million tree species, come next. About 7 million tree species were planted to mark the launch of the project.
Mr. Jinapor, receiving the cheque said his ministry would continue to work with the Chamber for the efficient performance of the mining sector.
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