Stakeholders must work together to deal with galamsey-minister
The Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Mr. Samuel Abu Jinapor, called on the chiefs, law enforcement and political leaders of mining communities to work in harmony to address issues relating to illegal mining (Galamsey ) in their communities.
This, he explained, would ensure that there was a coordinated effort and would also give impetus to measures put in place to address the problems of illegal mining for the good and survival of the country.
“In a community where the chief, the police commander and the DCE or their equivalent work together, there is no way that illegal mining can thrive. The minister said when he met with leaders and staff of the Forestry Commission, Land Commission and land sector agencies in the central region as part of his working visit to the region.
“When you have a gap or a break in these three relationships, then we will have all kinds of difficulties,” he added.
The minister also met with members of the House of Chiefs of the Central Region and the Regional Security Council and had in-depth discussions on efforts to tackle new regulations for small-scale mining. scale in the country.
He implored the chiefs and citizens of the central region to support the government in its efforts to bring sanity to the small-scale mining sector.
Mr. Jinapor also noted with concern the collapse of Ghana’s once vibrant timber industry and reiterated the ministry’s determination to reorganize the timber industry.
According to him, challenges in the forestry sub-sector have highlighted how Ghana has historically exploited and managed its natural resources without planning for replacements.
The situation, he said, was no different in other areas where exploitation continued without making arrangements to replenish the depleted resources.
However, he said his team were on the verge of changing the narrative and begged staff at land sector agencies to show professionalism and determination in what they do, and work together to ensure that the country manages its lands and natural resources in a sustainable manner.