President Akufo-Addo thinks the time has come for all to hitch the struggle towards the dreaded unlawful mining, popularly often called galamsey.
The priority comes after a number of makes an attempt to nib the canker within the bud appears to have hit a snag, having made modest features within the struggle.
Talking at a two-day Pure Sources Stakeholders Dialogue in Accra yesterday underneath the theme: “Harnessing our Pure Sources Responsibly for our sustainable Collective Good”, he mentioned “we should deal with head-on the problems of illegality within the extractive sector, together with unlawful mining and unlawful logging which have through the years been a supply of destruction of our waters, forests, water our bodies and arable lands which have disadvantaged us of the assets wanted for growth.”
“This can be a collective duty. The federal government has its function, however authorities’s efforts will come to naught if all of us fail to do our half on this train,” he mentioned.
That, the President mentioned, was “to emphasize that the safety and preservation of our pure assets requires an all arms on deck strategy.”
That, he mentioned, was as a result of “the due exploitation of those assets has the potential to rework our nation and certainly our continent.”
He has, subsequently, requested all stakeholders within the pure assets sector to collaborate with the federal government to struggle the illegalities within the nation’s extractive sector.
On his half, the Minister for Lands and Pure Sources, Samuel Abu Jinapor mentioned his ministry will quickly current to Cupboard a coverage doc on the exploration, administration, and utilisation of the nation’s pure assets together with lithium.
“Our aim is to make sure that as a lot as attainable, we retain the worth chain of this future and different minerals in our nation,” he mentioned.
Managing Director of the Graphic Communications Group Restricted, Ato Afful, known as on each authorities and the stakeholders to decide to taking motion, studying from what has been carried out over time, and make a distinction for the nation’s setting, communities, and its future.
His cause was that unlawful mining “has had a unfavourable influence on the setting with its related influence on deforestation, extreme water air pollution and the destruction of pure habitats, fauna and flora” while insisting that “unlawful mining or galamsey, a perform of poor land utilization, prices the federal government cash and ultimately harms the nation’s financial progress and worldwide model status.”
Aside from that, he famous that “the influence of unlawful mining on our surroundings and its potential implications on public well being is big and can’t be neglected for for much longer.”
To this finish, the Graphic MD gave 4 ideas for main consideration by authorities and different policymakers within the mining sector.
First, is to “safe a extra sustainable future, we should strategy pure useful resource administration extra holistically. This may entail balancing financial progress, environmental conservation, and social welfare with our revenues and development/developmental aspirations.”
He additionally harassed the necessity to “be sure that mining and different land-use actions, are carried out in a accountable and sustainable method that considers the preservation of the setting, and the well-being of our individuals.”
Mr. Afful additionally emphasised the necessity “to advertise sustainable development and shield the setting,” insisting “we the individuals should collaborate with authorities, civil society and all business pursuits in our extraction and use of pure assets.”
He additionally harassed the necessity to embrace sustainable practices in useful resource use and administration to satisfy rising calls for with out jeopardising the pursuits and wellness of future generations.
The dialogue, which was organised underneath the auspices of the Ministry of Land and Pure Sources in collaboration with Graphic Communications Group Restricted, is aimed toward producing stakeholder discussions on coverage ideas that may be carried out to arrest the phenomenon of unlawful mining and logging within the nation.
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