Minister Commissions Attatema Community Mining; But Cautions Against Irresponsible Mining

Deputy Minister in a group photo with chiefs and management of Attatema Community Mining Scheme Deputy Minister in a group photo with chiefs and management of Attatema Community Mining Scheme

Deputy Minister in charge of mining, George Mireku Duker, has commissioned for successful takeoff of government's laudable Community Mining initiative at Jacobu in Amansie Central District of the Ashanti Region.

The Amansie Central District project, known as Attatema Community Mining Scheme, was commissioned at a beautiful ceremony on Thursday, September 9, 2021, by Mr Mireku Duker on behalf of his boss, Samuel Abu Jinapor – the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources.

Speaking at durbar of Chiefs, Small-Scale Miners and people of Jacobu, the Deputy Minister, sternly warned management of the scheme to stay away from engaging in any form of irresponsible mining at their site.

"I government will never tolerate any form of irresponsible mining and will not hesitate to close the site if any illegalities are reported," he warned.

According to him, President Nana Akufo-Addo-led government is resolved to sanitize & regularize the small-scale mining sector, a movewhich gave birth to the Community Mining Scheme as a surest alternative to illegal mining on and along water bodies and in forest reserves.

In ensuring an effective sustainable small-scale mining regime, the Minister urged management of the scheme to undertake reclamation concurrently with operations as mining advances.

On behalf of government, Mr Mireku Duker, who doubles as Member of Parliament (MP) for Tarkwa-Nsuaem Constituency, also donated two modern processing equipment which is environmentally-friendly and mercury-free worth, US$200,000.00.

The donation forms part of government's grand agenda to ban the use of "Changfan" machines and boost gold recovery in the small-scale mining architecture. The equipment popularly called the "Gold Catcher" has an estimated 95 per cent recovery efficiency.

He indicated that, Government through Minerals Commission shall also provide technical support to the miners, in ensuring that, a responsible and sustainable mining is undertaken.

He commended the MP for Odotobri Constituency, Emmanuel Akwasi Gyamfi, the District Chief Executive (DCE) for Amansie Central, Kwame Asamoah Boateng, as well as the chiefs for their support towards the establishment of the Mine and commitments made to ensure responsible mining at the site.

The Deputy Minister was accompanied on the trip by Mr Martin Ayisi, CEO of Minerals Commission, Mr Ben Aryee,Advisor on Mines to Minister, Mr Richard Kofi Adjei, Chief Inspector of Mines and other officials.