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No Mining License or Concession Will Be Granted Without Approval From Paramount Chiefs – Gov’t Directs

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Henceforth no mining license or concession will be granted to applicants without the express approval of the Paramount Chief of the mining area or community.

In addition to this, regional ministers, Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executive Officers (MMDCEs) in a mining area should be formally consulted on the granting of mining concessions to any individual or company.

This is according to a new directive issued by the government as part of renewed effort to fight illegal mining in the country.

According to the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abu Jinapor who made this known at a press briefing in Accra on Thursday, October 13, 2022.

Mr Jinapor has issued a Ministerial fiat to the Minerals Commission to halt all processes leading to the granting of mining concessions and licenses until the Paramount Chief has given approval.

This directive, he said, is to enable the traditional and local authorities to play key roles in the fight to curb illegal mining, which is wreaking havoc to Ghana's natural and forest reserves

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