The government has launched six community mining schemes in galamsey-endemic areas of the country to address the issue of illegal mining.

The schemes, which are being rolled out in communities in the Western, Ashanti and Eastern regions of Ghana, is expected to enable willing persons to mine in a responsible manner and create 10,300 direct jobs and 21,000 indirect jobs.

Deputy Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Mr George Mireku Duker, made this known at the regular Meet The Press session organised by the Ministry of Information in Accra on Wednesday, 8 November 2021.

According to him, the government is sanitising the extractive sector of the country with the introduction of the community mining scheme which paves the way for the commencement of regulated, responsible, and sustainable community mining, aimed at helping to get rid of illegal mining.

“We are creating community mining schemes to hold onto those who will be moved out of the illegal mining and to cushion them as well”, he told journalists.

“So far, we have created these schemes in six mining areas of the Western, Ashanti and Eastern Regions”.

“The schemes are intended to provide livelihoods for members in the mining communities, promote sustainable and responsible mining and therefore prevent illegal mining,” Mr Duker said.

He said community mining had become the main fulcrum around which the nation sought to organise responsible small-scale mining, explaining that it is the reason the government has developed a Small- Scale and Community Mining operational manual to guide the operations of small-scale miners.

Establishment of Mineral Development Unit at ADB

Mr Duke also disclosed that the government, as part of efforts to continuously support relevant players within the mining sector and ensure that small – miners have access to credit facilities for their operations, has established a Minerals Development Units at the Agriculture Development Bank [ADB].

This, he said,will help tackle the issue of the operational capital as the lack of credit facilities for small scale – mining operators has been identified as one of the driving forces behind foreigners’ involvement in the small scale mining space.