Okyenhene calls for suspension of mining for 1 year

Okyenhene Osagyefo Amotia Ofori Panin has called for the suspension of mining in the country for one year, to review the legal regime governing the sector.

He also called for the decoupling of the Minerals Commission from the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources for the Commission to have the free hand to operate.

The Okyenhene made the call when Samuel Abu Jinapor, Minister of Lands and Natural Resources paid a courtesy call on him on Thursday (27 May).

The visit formed part of the Minister’s two-day tour of the Eastern Region.

According to Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin, it was important for the government to adequately resource the Minerals Commission, to effectively carry out its mandate.

Touching on the remuneration of mineworkers, Okyenhene noted that the disparity between the Ghanaian mine worker and other miners in other jurisdictions was too wide and must be looked at critically.

On his part, Jinapor said, all the issues and concerns raised by the Okyenhene had been noted for further deliberations and consideration.

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