Deputy Lands Minister inaugurates Asamang- Tamfoe Community Mining Schemez
The Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources in charge of Mines, George Mireku Duker has revealed plans by the government to raise what he calls ‘local champions’ in the mining industry.
Hon. George Mireku noted that the move is part of plans by the Akufo-Addo-led administration to ensure that, the mining sector is dominated by Ghanaian industry players.
The move, to him, will go a long way to ensure the retention of sector revenue in the country to boost the Ghanaian economy.
Speaking to the media, at the launch of a Community Mining Scheme at Asamang- Tamfoe in the Atiwa West constituency of the Eastern Region,
the Deputy Minister noted that;
“The large-scale mining firms are all owned by foreigners so when much of the profit is sent to their respective countries. This is why President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has brought up the concept of raising Ghanaian giants in the mining industry”.
Duker said that mining policies like the Community Mining Scheme are geared toward enhancing Ghanaian participation in the industry which will lead to the creation of local champions.
The minister encouraged the local investors to take advantage of the move by the government and help create wealth in the mining industry through responsible mining.
He called on the traditional leaders to aid the government in the fight against illegal mining by reporting persons who engage in the act.
The Deputy Minister charged the security agencies to arrest anyone who is found to be mining without authorization from the Minerals Commission.
Story By: Emmanuel Afagbedzi