Tag Archives: Small scale mining

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

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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

Ministerial Vetting

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

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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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Ban importation of chamfans – Small scale miners to gov’t


The Ghana National Association of Small Scale Miners wants a complete ban on the importation, manufacturing, and transportation of dredgers, also known as Chamfans, into the country. According to the Secretary of the Association, Godwin Amarh, the continuous operation of the dredgers after the moratorium on small-scale mining and the activities of the anti-galamsey task-force known as Operation Vanguard has affected ...

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Galamsey fight will continue to the end – Nana Addo


The government has every intention and the resolve to see the fight against illegal mining to the desired end, President Nana Akufo-Addo has assured. “Having begun it, we are not turning back until we make sure that our future is protected,” the President stressed during an address to the Ghanaian community in Belgium on Tuesday. He was speaking ahead of the ...

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Ban small-scale mining for 10 years – MP


The Member of Parliament for Cape Coast South in the Central Region, Kwaku Ricketts Hagan has called for a ten- year ban on all forms of small scale mining. He believes this will ensure proper streamlining of small-scale mining. Government imposed the six-month ban on small-scale mining as part of efforts to end illegal mining and its degrading effects on ...

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Small-scale miners postpone demo against gov’t

File photo: Excavator working at a mining site

The Ashanti Regional Branch of the Ghana National Association of Small Scale Miners (GNASSM) has postponed a demonstration aimed at protesting a ban on its activities. The Association had threatened to hit the streets on Tuesday if government does not remove a ban on small-scale mining following a massive campaign against illegal mining also known as galamsey. Meanwhile, the association in ...

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Galamsey fight: We’ll deploy military if necessary – Nitiwul

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The Minister of Defence, Dominic Nitiwul has indicated that government will not hesitate to deploy the military to fight the galamsey menace in the country. He said the Armed Forces will help restore sanity to the mining sector if it becomes necessary to support the ongoing efforts. Speaking at an interactive session with some soldiers at Burma Camp in Accra, ...

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Lands Minister ‘sacks’ 9 mining officers for negligence

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The Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, John Peter Amewu has directed all 9 district mining officers of the Minerals Commission to proceed on indefinite leave with immediate effect. This, according to him, is because they have been negligent and watched illegal mining to persist in their respective catchment areas. “Some of these officers have been working for the commission for ...

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