The Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abu Jinapor and his deputy, George MirekuDuker, have touched base in the Upper-East Region,to hold talks with some stakeholders as part of their ongoing six-day tour of the northern sector of the country, which began on Monday, October 4, 2021.
As part of theactivities, the Minister and his team, had successful engagement with staff of all Agencies in the region under the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, commended them for their good work done, noted down their challenges and consequently, assured them of good working conditions and other forms of support needed to deliver on their jobs very well;
Prior to this, the entourage paid a courtesy call on the Upper East Regional Minister,wherethey held meeting with the Regional Security Council (REGSEC)about matters relating to the enforcement of regulations regarding the exploitation and management of Ghana's natural resources.
They also had closed door meeting with the Upper East Regional House of Chiefs to solicit their support in safeguarding the exploitation of the natural resources in the region.
Additionally, the team also engaged management with two multi-million-dollar projects; the Cardinal Resources and Earl International Limited, who are newly Large-Scale Mining companies in the Northern sectorto familiarize with their operations.
During the engagement, the Minister reiterates to them to strictly conform to good mining practices and make local content a center-stage of their operations.
The team also met the leadership of the Small-Scale Miners in the Region and discussed with them on how they will conform strictly to the mining regulations, in order not to add to the already existing menace within the small-scale industry as in some southern part of Ghana.
On their part, the leadership of Small-Scale Miners, indicated challenges of accessing blocked out areas in the region.
The Minerals Commission and Deputy Minister in charge of Mines, George Mireku Duker, were tasked map out strategies to address that matter as soon as possible.
The entourage highly commended the Regional Minister, REGSEC, traditional authorities and staff of MLNR Agencies in the Region for the good work done.
The team is currently in the Upper West to continue with the tour.
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