Hope may not be lost after all for illegal miners in the country, as government has announced a special programme that would take care of their interest and keep them in business.
The new program, christened Multilateral Mining Integration Project (MMIP), a five year programme, would allow the illegal miners to have an alternative means of livelihood.
According to the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, John Peter Amewu, MMIP is being put together to absorb miners who will be affected by the clampdown of illegal mining.
In an interview with Citi News, the minister said: “So those people who are taken out of their mining concessions are going to be integrated into what we call the Multilateral Mining Integration Project within a period of about five years to see how we can absorb them into an area where they will work collectively as a group to achieve their objective.
“It is important that we are not going to allow the mining near river bodies or mining in areas that are not acceptable; the degrading of the environment and cutting down of cocoa trees. Those ones, we will not allow it and I insist that it can no longer be accepted.”
The lands minister also disclosed that the sustained campaign against illegal mining in the country is beginning to yield results.
“Our records at the Precious Minerals Marketing Company indicates that, there is fall in terms of the production… what it is showing now is that there is a drop in the small-scale production.
“There is a drop in the small scale production as seen in the records sent to the PMMC on a daily basis, so that alone gives the signals that they are migrating from areas that they are not supposed to mine,” Amewu revealed.