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Asman Calls For A Rejection Of New Mining Law

Massive Illegal Mining
Massive Illegal Mining

The Artisanal and Small Scale Mining-Africa Network (ASMAN) has taken a swipe at the ?Deputy Minister of Lands and Natural? Resources, Madam Barbara Asamoah for making ?pronouncements ?which seems to suggest that government of Ghana has at the moment ?put before cabinet a new draft law on Mining and is expected to be passed by end of this year?

ASMAN adds ?at a time when Ghana?s Small Scale Mining industry and the general Mining regime is bedeviled with so many challenges and ?an extensive multi stakeholder deliberations is required before promulgation of a new Mining law? for approval. The sector Minister made this revelation in an ongoing conference in London that Ghana?s new Mining Law was going to be ready by end of year 2014 and that government was seriously engaging all the stakeholders in Ghana?s Mining sector.

Illegal mining in led to the pollution of many water bodies
Illegal mining in led to the pollution of many water bodies

In a statement signed by Edward Kwasi Akuoko, Director, Policy & Research-ASMAN ?this in our opinion will ensure that the new Law is able to stand the test of the challenging times?. ?ASMAN take a serious view of the statement and dare to say that some major stakeholders in the industry especially from the Small Scale Mining enclave are hearing this effort by government and the purported stakeholder engagement for the very first time through online news articles which is worrying.


Even most disturbing is the fact that, such an important process has been kept away from some major players in Ghana?s Mining sector such as the Ghana National Association of Small Scale Miners? (GNASSM), The National Coalition on Mining (NCOM) and the many various civil society groups working on Mining issues in Ghana yet the Minister is reported by some Media houses that the passage process has delayed mainly because of extensive stakeholder engagements. ASMAN have always believed that Ghana as a country needs a comprehensive Mining Policy before an effective and efficient Law can be promulgated followed by detailed regulations.

The Director notes that ASMAN therefore wish to call on cabinet to as a matter of procedure to reject the new draft law which according to the deputy Minister is currently before them and instruct the sector Ministry to engage all other relevant stakeholders.

Source: Seibik Bugri





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