Mfante’s community mining program will create 2,000 jobs – reveals Mireku Duker

Regional news for Tuesday, December 14, 2021


George Mireku Duker at the inauguration ceremony

The new community mining program (CMS) in Mfante in Ahafo Ano North Municipality of Ashanti region will create 2,000 direct jobs, said the Hon. George Mireku Duker, Deputy Minister of Lands in charge of Mines revealed.

Hon. Mireku Duker suggests that the project will positively affect the economic activities of the community and the municipality.

He made the revelation during an inauguration ceremony of a Community Mining Project in Mfante on Tuesday, December 14, 2021.

He echoed the government’s position that the community mining program, which is a canker substitute called illegal mining, guarantees more benefits to the community than galamsey.

The MP for Tarkwa-Nsuaem explained that the community mining program uses a safer method of harvesting gold because it does not use the destructive element of mercury.

He applauded the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Hon. Samuel A. Jinapor for the initiative and explained that like all CMS facilities, experts will be deployed to ensure that the measures stipulated in the law that regulates small-scale mining are duly observed.

George Mireku-Duker called on traditional leaders and the community to support the government’s fight against galamsey canker and nip it in the bud.

“CMS is a government initiative to ensure the safety of mining methods to prevent destruction of our environment. CMS is a good way to mine gold so that our resources are protected. We have implemented CMS systems in mining communities. You should all be happy because this type of mining has been approved by the government. We will ensure that all safety protocols are followed and it is with great pleasure that a rescue center has been opened.

“I saw an office that will ensure good administration. We will assign a geologist to this firm to inspect and ensure that everything is done in accordance with the law. This community mining program will employ at least 2,000 people. President Akufo-Addo is not against mining. In fact, he loves mining but he is against activities that destroy our environment, ”he said.

The Chief of the Municipal Executive of the Northern District of Ahafo Ano, the Hon. Martina Appiah Nyantekyi ​​described it as a welcoming development for the municipality and warned against illegal mining.

She stressed that the program could lead to an economic turnaround in the community and therefore requires the support of people and institutions within the municipality.

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