The Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Mr Kwabena-Mintah Akandor, yesterday inaugurated a District Small Scale Mining Committee in Bongo.


The committee is to among other things work closely with the Minerals Commission to regulate and check mining activities in the Bongo district, ensure that licensed mining groups or companies operating in the area conform to laid down regulations as well bring to book those that flout prescribed laws governing the mining sector. In the discharge of their duties however, members of the Committee are to call for the intervention of the Sector Ministry  where the need arises.

He tasked the District Chief Executive (DCE), who is the committee’s chairman, to co-opt any other official or person in the district whose expertise can boost their work.


Mr Akandor noted that mining in itself was not bad but it should not be conducted in a way that destroyed the environment and deprived people of their livelihoods. He assured the committee members and heads of decentralised staff in the Bongo District that the ministry was fashioning out stiffer punishment including the confiscation of mining equipment and heavy penalties to be slapped on people who indulge in illegal mining activities across the country.


The Deputy Minister has already inaugurated similar committees in other sister districts in the Upper East Region since the beginning of the week.


Bongo DCE, Mr. Alexis Ayamdor Adugdaa, pledged to lead the committee to meet the objectives envisaged by the Ministry. He disclosed that the Bongo District had collaborated with the University for Development Studies to conduct a geological survey throughout the district in order to identify and market the district’s mineral resources. He added that, he was in talks with SADA for the commencement of a quarry factory in the district.


Source: ISD (Peter Atogewe Wedam)

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