The Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abu Jinapor has assured that government will soon roll out a model Community mining scheme (CMS) in the Savannah Region. The Minister said the new model CMS will include a clinic and other facilities to make it a world class mining enterprise with some features of a large scale mine.
Addressing the Chiefs and people of Bole on the final day of his working tour of the five regions in the northern parts of the country, the Minister stated that, the Bole District currently has one CMS operating at Tinga and he is hopeful that the introduction of the proto-type model will help enhance the scheme in the District and the Region at large.
“Bole is fast becoming a mining hub in the region and I call for the support of the Chiefs and people of this area to help the government curb illegal mining and promote responsible and regulated Small-scale mining. I am here to seek your support for effective mining exploitation in this area”.Samuel Jinapor
He assured the Chiefs and people of Bole that government through his Ministry will soon fashion out a scheme for Chiefs in the area to benefit from the proceeds and royalties of the responsible mining activities in the area.
The Minister, however,;reiterated the call by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for miners to undertake their mining operations safe and responsibly. Also
“The President is not against mining but would not allow irresponsible and unregulated mining practices to flourish”.Samuel Jinapor
Adhere to Responsible and Regulated Mining Practices
Also,; as part of the round up of his tour,;Samuel Abu Jinapor called on the Bole Chapter of the Ghana National Association of Small-Scale miners (GNASSM) to adhere to responsible and regulated mining practices. Also
He explained that ensuring acceptable mining practices among, other things. would promote sustainable environment;for the current and future generations. The Minister admonished the miners to embrace environmentally friendly mining practices that will benefit everyone.
Honorable Jinapor maintained that efforts are being made under his watch to ensure sustainable mining practices across the country and asked the Miners to rally behind him and the government to improve the sector.
The Lands Minister has ended his working visit to the 5 regions in the northern parts of Ghana. The visit forms part of the Minister’s ongoing nationwide tour,;to among others, solicit support of the Chiefs and people in the respective regions for the protection and management of the natural resources of the country. However
The Lands Minister’s working tour also;saw him and his entourage engaging stakeholders in the Northern,;North East, Upper East and West regions, as well as the Savannah Region.
The restoration of Ghana’s vegetative cover through aggressive afforestation,;security of mining operations, the role of REGSEC,;responsible Artisanal small-scale mining and the proper management of Public Lands were central in the discourse of the Lands minister throughout his tour. Also