Atronsu- Ampenkrom Community Mining Launched; 3,000 jobs created
The Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Mr. George Mireku Duker has launched the Atronsu-Ampenkrom Community Mining Scheme for residents of Atronso in the Bibiani Anhwiaso Bekwai Municipal Assembly of the Western North Region.

Date Created : 11/22/2022 12:00:00 AM : Story Author : Ghanadistricts

The Community Mining Scheme (CMS) is projected to create 2000 direct jobs and 1000 indirect jobs for residents in Atronso Apemkro and nearby towns.

Speaking at the launch, Mr. George Mireku Duker, said in the face of economic turmoil triggered by global factors, the government has remained faithful to its promise of creating jobs by creating a more responsible and sustainable mining model.

He diffused criticism that the government has mismanaged the economy, stressing that the situation could have been a lot worse had it not been for the homegrown policies instituted by the government.

He disclosed that the government is committed to sanitizing the small-scale mining sector due to the enormous benefits it offers the country.

He added that whereas large-scale mining companies employ over 30,000 Ghanaians, the small-scale mining sector employs more than a million Ghanaians.

The Deputy Minister said it is for this reason that despite calls for the government to shut down the sector, it has remained steadfast in sanitizing the sector instead of shutting it down.

In a message to the community and its leadership, he cautioned them against allowing foreign involvement in the scheme and also urged them to protect the water bodies in the area.

He called for collaborative efforts from the public and the government to protect the country’s rich mineral resources.

Mr. Mireku Duker outlined measures instituted by the government to fight illegal mining which among other things include the recruitment of 300 river guards to provide permanent patrol on water bodies, procurement of speedboats for patrol on water bodies and the registration and tracking of all earth-moving equipment in the country.

“We are experiencing a global economic crisis. It’s not only Ghana, it’s everywhere in the world. God has blessed us with gold and it is creating jobs for us. All the large-scale mining companies employ 30,000 people. Act 703 permits Ghanaians to engage in small-scale mining. Small-scale mining employs over 1miilion Ghanaians.

“I will never call for the banning of small-scale mining. The Community Mining Scheme will create jobs for the youth in the community but that does not mean we must destroy our water bodies. We must all support the government and protect our river bodies'', he said.

Mr. Alfred Obeng, the Member of Parliament for Bibiani Anhwiaso Bekwai said the fight to safeguard Ghana’s resources requires the support of all.

He underscored the importance of the Community Mining Scheme for the youth in the area and commended the Ministry for the efforts.