Mineral Commission to recruit mine guards to police mining areas

By Lydia
Kukua Asamoah, GNA

Accra, Oct. 04, GNA – Mr Addae Antwi-Boasako,
the Chief Executive Officer of the Minerals Commission, said the Commission was
embarking on the recruitment of mine guards to help deal rapidly with the issues
of illegal mining.

He said the mine guards would be stationed at
the hotbeds and hotspots in the mining fields so they could police those areas
to enforce compliance of the mining laws.

He said the guards, to inaugurated on Friday,
October 5, would be policing the remote areas to ensure that people did not
engage in illegal mining while the mining inspectors would be looking at
compliance of mining regulations and safety issues.

Mr Antwi-Bosiako said the Commission was also
working to deploy drones for e-monitoring and determine any infractions in the
areas of mining boundaries to help monitor activities.

It would also introduce e-licencing programmes
to expedite licencing activities.  

Briefing the Minister of Lands and Natural
Resources, Mr Kwaku Asuma Cheremeh, who paid a working visit to the Commission
in Accra on Thursday, Mr Antwi-Bosiako said the Commission would need clearance
from the Ministry of Finance to recruit skilled personnel and technocrats to
replace half of the senior personnel who would be retiring by the middle of
next year.

He said there was the urgent need to bring in
skilled personnel and equip them with vehicles and other logistics to help in
their operations.

“When all these are done there will be a
massive turn around at the Commission by the end of next year.”

The Minister, in the company of his two
deputies, Mr Benito Owusu-Bio and Mrs Barbara Oteng Gyasi, interacted with
staff of the Commission and urged them to work hard towards the development of
the sector and Ghana in general.

Mr Cheremeh said the ban on illegal mining may
soon be lifted “may be before next year” so the proper mining activities would
be promoted in the sector.

He said in signing the mining agreement, he
would comply with the rules as his predecessor did to ensure sanity.


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