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A group of Civil Society Organisations comprising Wacam, CARE Ghana, Kasa,Centre for Public Interest Law and Centre for Environmental Impact Analysis have engaged the Minerals Commission on a draft sample bill developed by Wacam to influence reforms in existing Minerals and Mining Act, Act 703.The development of the bill started in 2014 through a collaboration betweenWacam and CEPIL, with support from OxfamIBIS Ghana, Care Ghana and Ford Foundation. The intention was to drafta sample bill to reflect the harmonisation and guiding principles and policies in the ECOWASMining Directives.

Read more: CSOs Engage Minerals Commission on the Sample Mining Bill

Stakeholders have called for the involvement and consultation of Chiefs in the issuance Artisanal and Small Scale miners licenses in the country. According to them, when chiefs are consulted, they could provide legitimate advice and knowledge on the consequences of the activities of mining in their area which most at times results in these land dispute cases pending in the courts.

Nana Professor S.K.B. Asante, the Omanhene of Asokore Asante in the Ashanti Region, suggested a strict supervision in terms of reclamation and payment of deposits, to ensure miners reclaimed lands after mining activities.

Adding that, chiefs must be given a say in the activities of mining because, they are accountable to the people and thus, bears the consequences of the illegal mining activities.

Read more: Stakeholders Calls On Government To Involve Chiefs In Issuing Mining License

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