Government lifts ban on small scale mining after 22 months

Government has lifted the ban on small scale mining, starting from December 17th 2018 duly licensed and cleared small scale miners will be permitted to mine in controlled sectors issued by Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM)

As part of government’s effort to lock down on galamsey in the country, the government placed a ban on all forms of small-scale mining, with the formation of a joint military task-force, known  as ‘Operation Vanguard’ to mining areas throughout the country to get rid of illegal miners.

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Professor Kwabena Frimpong Boateng, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, who also doubles as the Chairman of IMCIM made this announcement at the launch of  governments new policy framework on regularizing and reforming mining activities in Ghana,

Professor Kwabena Frimpong Boateng

“Having successfully implemented the strategies outlined in the road map, the ban on small scale mining is being lifted as from Monday 17th December, 2018,” he stated.

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He said the lifting of the ban is only “for miners who have gone concluded vetting successfully to go out and work in the regularized and reformed framework”.

Before lifting of the ban, government had made a presentation giving rules as to how the reformed framework will guide the operations of miners.

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