Mining ban worth it; galamsey has reduced drastically – Pius Hadzide

  Pius Hadzide, the Deputy Information Minister, insists that the ban on small-scale mining was worthwhile despite reports of illegal mini

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Pius Hadzide, the Deputy Information Minister, insists that the ban on small-scale mining was worthwhile despite reports of illegal mining still ongoing.

As recently as last week, 16 heavily armed Chinese illegal miners were arrested in the Krobo Forrest.

But Mr. Hadzide “the government is not against mining so we cannot ban mining ad infinitum.”

He noted that the environment may not be on the level of “the Garden of Eden” but gains had still been made with previous arrests and the seizure of equipment belonging to illegal miners.

“That equipment would have been still moving earth and digging the ground but for the ban and for the operation [by the anti-illegal mining task force] that was happening so there was a drastic reduction in the illegal activity.”

“The waterbodies may not have become as clean as we would have wanted them to be but everybody too will attest to the fact that the quality of the water has improved greatly,” the Deputy Minister added.

In addition, Mr. Hadzide pointed out that the lifting of the ban on small-scale mining was not going to compromise the government’s vigilance.

“We can still regulate mining, do it responsibly and not endanger the water bodies and the general ecosystem and that is what government has set out to do.”

In line with this, he said “several reforms” were happening at regulatory agencies and “even some legal reforms and being proposed for the consideration of Parliament.”

Ban lifted

The government lifted the ban on all forms of small-scale mining effective Monday 17th December 2018 after nearly 20 months.

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