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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

The Omanhen of Essikado Traditional Area, Nana Kobina Nketsia V, has warned that the fight against illegal mining will only be successful when there is honesty and no corruption in the country. According to him, there is a lot of dishonesty and corruption in the society, especially with regard to the mining industry.

“What we’re seeing is as a result of reaping the rewards of corruption as a country. And we cannot afford to go to sleep or stop this campaign against illegal mining. We’re paying a heavy price for what is happening in the mining industry,” he said.

In an interview with Business Day Ghana at a stakeholders’ forum organized by the Wacam in Accra, Nana Kobina Nketsia V disclosed that there are strong political powers behind the illegal mining activities Ghana is faced with.

Read more: Nana Kobina Nketsia fingers political powers in galamsey
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