An inter-ministerial taskforce which was set-up by H.E John Dramani Mahama to eradicating illegal mining activities from the system has been hailed by His Excellency Timothy Mwaba Walamba, the High Commissioner of Zambia to Ghana .
Ambassador Walamba revealed that he has come under immense pressure from his government to? understudy the campaign conducted by Ghana?s Inter-Ministerial Taskforce against illegal Mining to enable him advise Zambian authorities on strategies to curtail? the influx of illegal Indian miners into the country?s mining industry.
He announced that a high profile Zambian government delegation including officials of Zambian Ministry of Mines and Minerals? Development was standing by to travel to Ghana to learn at first-hand the experiences of the Taskforce to assist it? launch a? similar campaign in Zambia.
High Commissioner Timothy Walamba made the commendation during a courtesy call on Hon Alhaji Inusah Fuseini (MP) Sector Minister for Lands and Natural Resources. The High Commissioner called to discuss possible lessons which the Zambian government could learn from Ghana?s environmental governance to improve sustainable natural resources management in the south African country.
Touching? on the cordial bilateral relations between the two countries, Ambassador described that Zambia and Ghana ?as ? one family? in recognition of the immense contribution made by Ghana under Dr Kwame Nkrumah to the independence struggle in Zambia and expressed the hope ?that President John Mahama will participation in Zambia?s forthcoming 50 anniversary celebrations to cement the? bonds of friendship between the two sister countries.
On his part Alhaji Inusah Fuseini re-affirmed Ghana?s commitment to the strong historic ties between the two countries nurtured during the colonial era? and assured the Zambian envoy of his readiness of his Ministry to assist Zambia to formulate strategies to effectively halt the indiscriminate plundering and looting of its natural resources.
The Sector Minister attributed the recent upsurge influx of illegal foreigners miners? into the small mining sector in Ghana partially to poor monitoring of the nation?s borders by immigration officers who are sometimes ?compromised? ?and revealed that capacities of such frontline state institutions are being strengthen to stem the influx of foreign miners.
Hon Inusah Fuseini revealed that some illegal foreign miners took up arms against some communities in the Ashanti Region in a bid to block access to water bodies for their illegal operations and encouraged the Zambian government to take a clue from Ghana?s legislative framework? ?to restrict artisanal mining to Zambian nationals.
He indicated that the Ministry was prepared to share its experiences and expertise in combating illegal mining with its Zambian counterparts and assured the Zambian Ambassador that an elaborate programme including tour to some former galamsey sites will prepared for the consideration of the Zambian? Ministry of Mines and Minerals Development.