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Galamsey fight: I’ll involve traditional leaders in granting mining licences – Mahama

If John Dramani Mahama, the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), wins the next December presidential election, he would involve traditional chiefs in the important mining licence application process.

According to Mr. Mahama, involving traditional leaders in the licensing procedure will significantly contribute to ending the widespread devastation brought about by the illegal miners, also known as galamsey, in the nation.

The former president lamented the harm that illegal mining has caused to other areas of the Ghanaian economy in a speech at the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) in Sunyani. He also promised to restrict the issuance of permits into forests and to outlaw mining in water bodies.

Galamsey fight: I’ll involve traditional leaders in granting mining licences – Mahama

“One of the impacts of illegal mining, including galamsey, has been the destruction of forests and cocoa farms. We will protect the destruction of cocoa farms for mining and effectively ban the issuance of entry permits into forests. Mining in water bodies will be outrightly prohibited.

“Recognising the invaluable role of traditional leaders in our society and as a testament to our commitment to inclusivity and respect for all stakeholders, I intend to have traditional leaders included in the crucial process of granting mining licences in their communities.”

Mr. Mahama further underscored the need to “strengthen regulatory institutions such as the Minerals Commission, the EPA, the Geological Survey Authority, and the Natural Resources Universities” to effectively and efficiently approach the fight against galamsey.

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