The government of Ghana is committed to domesticating mining, a move that is anticipated to enable the country benefit fully from the sector. This is according to the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abu Jinapor.
Speaking during the bi-weekly Minister’s briefing organised by the Ministry of Information in Accra on 23rd November 2021, the minister stated that the government, through the Minerals Commission, is undertaking a number of reforms which are expected to create enough room for the locals to be a part of the mining sector.
“While we are insisting that no one should engage in illegal mining, I think it is also our responsibility and the responsibility of the government to provide the conducive environment and the proper and necessary framework with which we will have the moral authority to insist on compliance.
“I am very excited that the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Minerals Commission has outlined the measures we are putting in place to sanitise the industry,” he said.
Jinapor said it was the desire of the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to witness Ghanaians participate in the mining field in the country.
“The President is big on the indigenisation of the mining sector in the country. When you listen to the presentation, quiet clearly, the old adage of mining is gold mining… and truly gold mining is a lot of money.
“We are talking about billions of dollars so it is government’s responsibility to create the framework that ensures that we get the best out of it,” he said.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Minerals Commission, Martin Ayisi, who was in attendance at the media briefing said the Commission had already spent $10 million to procure the first 100 mercury-free gold extraction machines for small-scale miners and approximately 20 of the machines were to be delivered in two weeks, with the remaining 80 coming in by March next year.
The mining sector contributes 37 percent of export revenues and 19 percent of all direct tax payments in Ghana.