Samuel Abu Jinapor, the minister for lands and natural resources, says he welcomes the many suggestions from stakeholders on how to stop illegal mining in Ghana.
He claims that his organization has taken note of the many suggestions from the public and will take them into consideration when addressing the threat.
In an interview with Samson Lardy Anyenini on today , he reaffirmed that the government had made significant efforts to eradicate galamsey.
In this regard, he claimed that over time, a number of measures had been implemented to crack down on illegal miners and put an end to their operations. Noting the successes, he stated his willingness to accept any suggestions that would benefit the fight against the canker.
I have read a ton of comments about the long-standing problem of illegal small-scale mining, and I sincerely appreciate them all. I believe I need to be a little more adamant in my argument. He emphasized that everyone was absolutely welcome and that he appreciated everyone's contributions and suggestions, both individually and collectively.
"A lot of work has gone into this matter of small scale mining," he added, "and we have been dealing with this matter from a two-pronged approach." From both a reformative and a law enforcement standpoint. They must work in tandem."
He however added that, despite the illegalities within the sector, a cautious approach must be employed in addressing the the said challenges.
According to him, small scale mining constitutes 40% of the country’s local gold produce.
In light of this, he stated that although illegal mining (galamsey) has regrettably infiltrated the small-scale mining industry, efforts to eradicate it must not have an impact on the sector's earnings.
"Remember that small-scale mining accounts for 40% of Ghana's gold output." And the gold industry earns Ghana the most foreign currency and generates the most revenue from exports."
"There is a link between small scale mining, gold output, our national economy, our currency, our foreign exchange status, and all of that," he cautioned.
Mr. Jinapor's remarks come at a time when public sentiments about 'galamsey' have resurfaced in the aftermath of the arrest of notorious kingpin Aisha Huang.
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