Ghana: Rewards program launched to celebrate responsible small-scale miners
As part of efforts to encourage responsible small-scale mining, the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources has launched an awards program to recognize responsible mine operators who adhere to health, safety and environmental standards. of small-scale mining. .
The awards ceremony will take place every year to promote responsible and sustainable mining in the sector.
The first edition of this year will be held on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 under the theme: Promoting responsible and sustainable artisanal mining.
Award categories include: Most Promising Small Scale Miner, Best Small Scale Female Miner, Best Small Scale Male Miner, Best in Environmental Stewardship, and Best in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) .
Speaking at the 1st SRC Ghana School of Law Public Conference at KNUST on the topic: “The legal regime of the mining sector in Ghana; History, challenges and the way forward, ”Minister of Lands and Natural Resources Samuel A. Jinapor instructed Ghanaians to protect the environment by disengaging from illegal mining.
“Mining is at the heart of economic development; however, the destruction of our environment and our waterways as a result of this illegal act contradicts our duties as citizens. We have a duty to protect the environment, ”he said.
He said: “As a ministry, we are determined to end illegal mining activities in the country and will continue to employ all necessary measures to combat it. This annual award program instituted for the best small-scale mining concessions is an initiative to reward best practices and encourage other miners to emulate.
He further noted that the responsible small-scale mining sector has the potential to contribute to the empowerment of livelihoods and poverty reduction of the population.
“Small-scale mining has the potential to contribute to livelihood empowerment and poverty reduction in Ghana. Therefore, the government intends to take measures such as establishing a mineral development bank that will meet the needs of small-scale miners, ”he said.