The Director of Operations for the Association of Small Scale Miners, Mr Emmanuel Yerenkyi Antwi has said that, whatever ever happens mining would continue in this country. He articulated this during a panel discussion this morning, Saturday 17th April, 2021, on TV3.
He felt that the wholesale ban by the Nana Akuffo Addo-led government on small scale was wrong. He added that financial institutions should be empowered to support small scale miners whereas the recalcitrant ones should be dealt with by the law.
He then revealed that, the Minerals Commission in the Eastern Region supervises mining activities in Eastern, Volta and parts of Greater Accra Regions has only one vehicle, one permanent worker and three supporting staff. However, this mining enclave has about five thousand (5000) licenced and seven thousand (7000) illegal small scale miners.
He said, "the law governing small scale mining and that of mining in general is the best in world. It should be enforced to deal with the recalcitrant ones".
"What ever happens after the dialogue, we are going to mine in this country. The licencing should be made less cumbersome and decentralised so that people can walk into the offices and get the proper thing done", he added.
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