These new measures got here up after the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abu Jinapor chaired a gathering with some stakeholders on Friday to evaluation the assorted steps and techniques which have been applied thus far within the struggle against the menace.
The assembly was attended by members of the Ministerial Coordinating Committee on Illegal Mining made up of the Deputy Chief of Staff at the Office of the President in control of Operations, the 2 Deputy Ministers of Lands and Natural Resources, a Deputy Minister for Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development and the Chief Director of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources.
Others are; the Chief Executive Officers of the Minerals Commission and the Forestry Commission, the Advisors on Mines and Forestry to the Minister, the Technical Directors for Mining and Forestry and representatives from the Ghana Armed Forces and the Ghana Police Service.
After an intensive assembly by the Committee, the new measures outlined are;
- River Bodies and Forest Reserves proceed to be Red Zones. Accordingly, no mining operation is permitted in or around any River Body within the country, and reconnaissance, prospecting and/or exploration activities proceed to be banned in Forest Reserves, besides in distinctive circumstances.
- Operation Halt II will ramp up its assist to the assorted measures being applied to clamp down on unlawful mining.
- The enforcement efforts will be pursued relentlessly with out regard to any political, social or financial standing of the individuals concerned. This will be performed transparently and with the very best standards of integrity, candour and utmost good religion.
- Any tools utilized in connection with unlawful mining, or any product derived from unlawful mining operations, will be seized and handed over to the Police, in accordance with part 99(8) of the Minerals and Mining Act, 2006 (Act 703), 35 amended by the Minerals and Mining (Amendment) Act, 2019 (Act 995).
- Where for any cause, a selected tools can’t be moved from its location, the tools will be demobilised and/or decommissioned to stop it from being additional used for the unlawful operations.
- The Ghana Police Service will work carefully with Operation Halt II to collect related information to support within the prosecution of individuals concerned in unlawful mining and the confiscation and forfeiture of seized tools to the State, in accordance with part 99(9) of Act 703, as amended.
- The Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources and the Minerals Commission shall intensify education on the dire penalties of unlawful mining on the lives and livelihoods of present and future generations in addition to the environment that supports our existence.
- The Committee will meet commonly to evaluation the measures being applied and undertake extra ones the place vital.