The Ghana National Association of Small Scale Miners (GNASSM) has said it will not entertain the NPP government’s ban on small scale mining in their second term of office.
“We will not support any ban on licensed small Scale Miners”, the statement of GNASSM copied to Newstimesgh.com
It could be recalled that President Akufo-Addo touched on issues regarding illegal small scale mining during the last State of the Nation’s Address of the 7th parliament of Ghana’s 4th Republic.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo lamented, ” We, who are leaders, owe it to the country to take the subject out of the party political arena and have an honest conversation about this menace to our future”.
He also underlined the employment of indecent technology in small scale mining activities that has contributed to the nation’s rapid environmental degradation and pollution.
However, GNASSM believes that the admission alone provides the opportunity to make amends and ensure that small scale mining is done responsibly and sustainably in Ghana.
The association claims the President Akufo-Addo’s admonishment and posture is the opening of a new chapter in the nation’s quest to secure responsible and sustainable small scale mining and derive the maximum benefit in the areas of revenue, employment and development.
But it contends having learnt many lessons following the NPP government’s ban on small scale mining in their first term and therefore will not support any ban on licensed small Scale Miners.
Subsequently, it has positioned itself well to collaborate with government and provide all the needed assistance and direction to fight illegal small scale mining menace popularly known as “Galamsey”.
GNASSM is expecting to meet the President after the swearing-in of his second term for a possible dialogue.