"WE MUST PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT AND ITS NATURAL RESOURCES" --EASTERN REGIONAL MINISTER.
The District Mining Committees' functions as stipulated in section 92 of the Minerals and Mining Act, 2006 (Act 703), as amended are among other things to assist the district office of the Minerals Commission to effectively measure the quality of mining activities in each district with objectives, aimed at decentralizing, regulating and managing the mining activities in the country, inaugurated in the year 2022, to assist the District Minerals Commission to promote, monitor and develop mining operation in each districts, held a training of trainers workshop for the District Mining Committees and the Ghana National Association of Small-Scale Miners at Koforidua on 21st August 2023 to train them on proper mining methods which will not degrade the water bodies and the environment.
In an opening remark, Dr. John K. Krugu, the National Coordinator for Ghana Lanscape Restoration and Small Scale Mining Project, noted that, the District Mining Committees are to continue ensuring that their mandated duties that is to supervise the mining activities in their respective districts are done without fear or favor to help maintain healthy environments.
The Eastern Regional Minister, Hon. Seth Kwame Acheampong in a welcome address at the opening of a four-day Training of Trainers Workshop for members of the District Mining Committees and the Ghana National Association of Small-Scale Miners, expressed an appreciation and gratitude to the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources and partners for a continuous building capacity program
held for District Mining Committees and Small-Scale Miners in order to contribute meaningfully towards responsible mining in the country.
Hon. Seth Kwame Acheampong added that the expectation of the mining committees was to discharge their functions effectively and efficiently in collaboration with all stakeholders so that quality positive results will be achieved. He said by so doing, committee members would be contributing meaningfully towards responsible mining in the country.
In addition, the Eastern Regional minister noted that, the government remains committed to the fight against illegal mining and therefore the support of District Mining Committees as key stakeholders is needed to be able to win the fight.
The Eastern Regional Minister urged the participants of the training workshop to fully equip themselves with knowledge and skills which they would in turn pass on to small-scale miners and others at the local level.,