The Minister of Lands and National Resources, Nii Osah Mills, has charged District Mining Committees to ensure that small scale mining in the districts become a decent means of livelihood for the youth rather than being a menace.


The Minister made this pronouncement at the inauguration of the District Mining Committee of the Huni- Valley District Assembly at Bogoso, last week.


Mr Mills pointed out that as per section 92 of the Minerals and Mining Act, 2006 (Act 703), the establishment of Mining committees was mandatory for every designated area for small scale mining.


This, the Minister said, was to assist the Minerals Commission in monitoring mining activities in their jurisdictions.


The committees, he explained, were responsible for addressing small scale mining issues, eliminating illegal mining activities, promoting sustainable small scale mining and managing the relationship between the small scale miners and other mineral rights holders in the communities.


The committee, the minister added, was also mandated to liaise with the National Security sub-Committee on illegal mining, illegal chainsaw and land guards   to stem the tide of these illegalities in the respective districts.


The six-member committee of the Huni- Valley District Assembly comprises the District Chief Executive, representatives of the Environmental Protection Agency, Traditional Council and the District Assembly, with the Minerals Commission being represented by the District Officer and an officer of the Inspectorate Division of the Commission.


Members of the Committee were taken through the administration of Oaths of office, of Allegiance and of Secrecy by the sector Minister.


The District Chief Executive of Huni-Valley and Chairman of the Committee, Robert Wisdom Cudjoe, on behalf of the members, expressed appreciation for the confidence reposed in them and pledged to work tirelessly as a team to clamp down the illegalities in the district.


Mr Cudjoe thanked the small scale miners in the District for their continued support to the community.


The sector Minister took the opportunity to hold a meeting with the Small Scale Mining Association and urged them to comply with their tax obligations, and avail themselves for training that would improve their skills.


For its part, the Association appealed to the Minister to make prospecting land available for their mining activities.


Source: ISD (Victoria Antwi Sarpong)

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