A new law has been passed by Ghana’s Parliament which criminalizes small-scale mining by foreigners.
Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Nii Osah Mills announced the new law at the recently held maiden Ghana Mining Industry Awards (GMIA), which was on the theme: ‘Recognising Excellence, Celebrating Achievement in the Mining Industry.’
“The government is committed to promoting sustainable extraction and use of mineral resources, diversification of the economy with emphasis on the processing of raw materials and the strengthening of regulatory and institutional frameworks for the exploration and development of Ghana’s natural resources.
“In this regard, I am pleased to inform you that about a month ago, the Minerals and Mining (Amendment) Act was passed by the Parliament of Ghana with the primary aim to sanitize the mining sector,” Mr Mills said.
According to him, “The new amendment law further reiterates the prohibition of every form of illegal small-scale mining and criminalises mining by both foreigners and Ghanaians without a licence.”
“It also mandates the judiciary to confiscate the equipment and tools used in illegal mining as well as the product of the menace,” he said, adding: “The law now criminalises the engagement of foreigners in small-scale mining operations and also makes it an offence for a Ghanaian to employ or engage a foreigner to undertake or participate in illegal small scale-mining activities.”