The Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abu Jinapor, has played down on claims that the Akufo-Addo-led government is against small scale mining in the country.
According to him, the government is committed to promoting sanitised and regulated mining in the country to provide jobs for citizens.
He, however, added that government will not allow illegal mining activities which negatively impact the environment including water bodies to be undertaken.
Jinapor therefore called on all to support government’s efforts to curb illegal mining, popularly known as galamsey, in the country.
Government steps up protection of water bodies
Meanwhile, the government has announced a ramping up of efforts to protect Ghana’s water bodies from the activities of small scale miners.
The renewed efforts include the enforcement of the ban on mining on water bodies across the country.
This was announced by Water and Sanitation Minister, Cecilia Abena Dapaah, at the start of a national tour of water bodies.
Dapaah was joined on the tour by Jinapor, Minister for Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah and other key government functionaries.
The delegation first visited the Sekyere Hemang water treatment plant that supplies water to large parts of the Central Region before heading to examine the Daboase water treatment plant that supplies water to parts of the Western and Central Regions.