''Ban on small-scale mining was never intended to be permanent''- Akufo-Addo

By Wendy Amarteifio
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''Ban on small scale mining was never intended to be permanent''-Akufo Addo

Prez Akufo-Addo has stated that the ban on small-scale mining was never intended to be permanent.

He said this whilst addressing  Journalists at the Jubilee House in Accra.

According to the President, he was put in place to ensure that small-scale mining activities will not damage the environment.

He stated clearly that,''the ban on small-scale mining was never intended to be permanent. It was to enable government fashion a policy that will sanitize the sector and ensure that in future, small-scale mining that has been with us for centuries will not damage our environment...I cannot, and will not, give up on the fight to protect our environment''.

''I entreat the media and all Ghanaians to continue to join the fight to protect our lands and water bodies. The protection of the environment is uppermost in our considerations as its seen to bring rapid  development to the people.''

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Speaking on galamsey, he also added that ''the ban on galamsey and illegal mining has not been lifted and will not be lifted. Some of our media collaborators in the fight of galamsey highly respond to this statement and express their dismay at what they see as the government has lost a will in the fight of galamsey''.

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