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Small scale mining ban extended again

The Lands and Natural Resources Ministry has for the third time extended the ban placed on all forms of small-scale mining. Following the widespread devastation of water resources and forest reserves as a result of the activities of illegal mining, government, in January 2017 placed a ban on small scale mining for a period of six months. The ban was ...

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Gov’t in talks with stakeholders over mining ban – Amewu

The Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, John Peter Amewu has said a lot more needs to be done before the ban on all forms of small-scale mining can be lifted. He explained that though government has rolled out measures to clamp down on activities of illegal miners, results yielded so far in the crusade are still unsatisfactory. There is ...

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$5bn ‘missing’ from gold exports to UAE – Nana Addo

President Nana Akufo-Addo has revealed that, about $5 billion dollars were unaccounted for in gold exports from Ghana to the United Arab Emirates. Speaking during an interaction with the media on Wednesday, he recalled that the Senior Minister, on an official visit to the Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, received some praise from people who said: “last year we ...

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Small-scale miners angry over extension of mining ban

The Ghana National Association of Small Scale Miners, is unhappy about government’s decision to extend the ban on small-scale mining by three more months. According to them, it appears they have been targeted by the ban which does not apply to large-scale miners despite the fact that both small and large-scale mining is regulated by the same law. Last Friday, ...

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Ban on small scale mining extended by 3-months

Government has announced an extension of the ban on all forms of small scale mining in the country by three months. The Lands and Natural resources, John Peter Amewu, who made the announcement today, Friday, said the ban is expected to be lifted by January 2018. The extension comes not long after some small scale miners in the Ashanti Region, ...

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4-day PanAfGeo training on artisanal and small scale Mining launched

A four-day PanAfGeo training on Artisanal and Small Scale Mining has been launched in Accra. The PanAfGeo project is a European Union and Africa initiative aimed at improving and reinforcing geo-scientific skills for African Geological Surveys. The training brought together 40 Ghanaian geoscientists, and 11 others from Sierra Leon, Gambia, Liberia and Nigeria. Speaking at the launch of the training, ...

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Group threatens demo in U.S over withdrawal of Exton Cubic’s permit

Members of a group calling itself Ashanti Youth for development are threatening to stage a massive demonstration in the United States next Thursday against the Akufo-Addo government, for revoking the mining license of Exton Cubic Group Limited. According to them, the planned demonstration will coincide with President Akuffo-Addo’s visit to the U.S for the UN General Assembly Meeting. Exton Cubic ...

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We’ll biometrically register small scale miners – Amewu

Government has announced that it will soon register all small scale miners across the country biometrically. The Lands and Natural Resources Minister, John Peter Amewu, who made the announcement said this will help the Ministry to effectively monitor small scale miners’ activities. “I can assure you that there is going to be a biometric registration of all small scale miners ...

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Gov’t should’ve engaged us in galamsey fight – Small-scale miners

The fight against illegal mining would have been better served if government engaged small-scale miners instead of banning them, a spokesperson for small-scale miners in the Ashanti Region has suggested. The spokesperson, Francis Opoku, noted that the government kept aligning small scale miners with illegalities hence their protest in Kumasi on Tuesday. The protest was against the government’s temporary ban on ...

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Small scale miners to hit streets over mining ban

Small scale miners in the Ashanti Region are threatening to hit the streets soon if the temporary ban placed on small scale mining activities is not lifted immediately. The Minister of Lands and Natural Resources imposed the six-month ban as part of efforts to rid the mining sector of illegal miners. Although the six months have elapsed, the Minister is ...

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