Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, George Mireku Duker, has commissioned the Adukrom community mining scheme in the Ahafo Ano South-East District in line with government’s quests to create a better alternative for small scale miners and get rid of the illegal mining practice.
The development comes hours after the Deputy Minister, inaugurated a 40-member Ghana National Small-Scale Miners Association Taskforce in Kumasi on Friday, August 20, 2021.
The Adukrom community mining scheme is expected to directly and indirectly engage 7,000 people.
Addressing the chiefs and the people of the area on behalf of Hon. Samuel Abu Jinapor – Sector Minister, Hon Mireku Duker outlined the vision of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in ensuring that, community mining schemes are commissioned across all mineralized zones in the country as a surest alternative to get rid of illegal mining.
Stressing the need for the people to embrace this initiative, Hon Mireku Duker said, “Government will support the operations of the project with mining and processing equipment as well as technical support through mining, geological, metallurgical and safety engineers to ensure they conform to standards of our environmental and mining regulations.”
He also used the opportunity to commend Hon. Francis Manu Adabor (MP) and Hon. Joseph Agyeman Dapaah (MCE) of Ahafo Ano South-East for their commitment towards the success of the implementation of the policy which will create great opportunity for the people they serve.
Allaying the fears of the people, Hon Mireku Duker said, “We shall continue to create more opportunities in the Mining industry for Ghanaians.”
The Deputy Minister was accompanied on the trip by Hon. Benito Owusu Bio, Deputy Minister of Lands and Natural Resources (In Charge of Lands & Forestry), Mr. Martin Ayisi, (CEO – Minerals Commission) and other officials.