The ban on Small Scale Mining has not yet been lifted. According to Government, it has put in place a roadmap that would lead to the lifting of the ban soon.
Among the conditional precedents of the roadmap as indicated by the IMCIM are: Removal of all earth moving mining equipment within districts to designated areas; Stopping operational activities of large scale mining companies who have flouted laid down regulations;
Halting activities of prospecting companies engaged in bulk sampling and processing;
Withdraw all military and para-military personnel from concessions of large scale mining companies who have gone contrary to laid down regulations;
Sensitization and educational tours in mining communities;
Establish quality of the water bodies;
Vet and verify Licence of all small scale mining companies;
Register and install tracking devices on earth moving equipment and then;
Lift ban on small scale mining and publish list of successfully vetted small scale miners.
The inter-ministerial task-force on Galamsey has also come out with technology-driven strategies to combat illegal mining.
Key among the technologies is software called Galamstop, which will monitor the activities of illegal miners.
The Chairman of the Inter-Ministerial Task-force Against Illegal Mining, Professor Kwabena Frimpong Boateng, at a meet the press, disclosed that the Minerals Commission, EPA, Water Resources Commission, Forestry Commission, and current DCEs will be integrated through the software application.
Galamsey menace, he indicated, has destroyed the county’s land and water resources, and that experts have warned that Ghana may resort to the importation of clean water in the next two decades if the threat is not totally eradicated.
Government placed a six-month ban on all forms of mining until further notice but later extended it on two different occasions as the desired results have not been seen yet.
By William Sarpong