Previous president John Agyekum Kufuor has urged the Minerals Commission Board to deepen the country’s mining industry regional written content by acquiring locals in the sector to turn into billionaires.
“As a country, it is about time we make a deliberate and aware effort and hard work at creating our personal to become billionaires in the mining sector specifically anywhere the prospective buyers are for now.
“I, hence, implore on you to appear over and above the local content policy of employment generation and fashion out new guidelines that will develop and grow Ghanaians to come to be entrepreneurs of big mines in the region,’’ he said.
He designed the remarks when the Minerals Commission Board paid him a courtesy phone at his home.
On the issue of illegal mining commonly identified as galamsey, which is nonetheless prevailing in the place irrespective of government’s attempts at stemming the exercise, Mr Kufuor explained, a nationwide forum need to be held with the President in attendance to sensitize the overall nation.
He reported the extent of devastation by the practice has brought on the environment need to be pointed out so individuals will chorus from the act.
Mr Kufuor even more known as for a 2nd appear at employing the ‘stick approach’ as the very first option of working with illegal mining concerns and somewhat adopt policies and initiatives that will properly offer with it.
He proposed that the Minerals Fee ought to take a look at further the mining concession ‘blocked out areas’ concept the place intrigued smaller scale miners are registered as cooperatives/groups and licensed within the concession place.
This way, their functions can be checked and monitored according to the mining compliance and ideal practices, the previous President pointed out.
On his aspect, the Board Chairman S. K. Boafo was grateful to the former president for the opportunity offered to meet up with him.
He confident that the Board will deliberate further on the previous president’s tips and operate out insurance policies and modalities to have them applied.
Mr Boafo informed Mr Kufuor about the transformation ongoing at the Fee since the Board’s appointment by President Akufo-Addo.
He mentioned that Ghana was not too long ago ranked as the quantity one producer of Gold in Africa and also prospecting activity is at the moment underway in the Central Region about Saltpond and Mankessim for business find of Lithium.
The Board Chairman indicated that the Fee in collaboration with the sector Ministry and the Inter-Ministerial Committee in Illegal Mining (IMCIM) are presently doing work on a local community mining programme idea.
The programme aims to bring modest scale miners beneath a ‘blocked out’ concession spot in line with Mr Kufuor’s assistance so that they could be effectively monitored to mine responsibly and be easily controlled.
He outlined also that, in other to assure that mining communities do not become ghost cities even after cessation of mining and illegal mining, the Fee has adopted oil palm as a sustainable livelihood project in this sort of.
Some notable communities consist of Dunkwa-Ayanfuri and the job is being prolonged to the Jap area, in which group associates are equipped with oil palm seedlings for free of charge to undertaking into oil palm generation.