18 illegal mining sites identified for reclamation

miningThe Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources has identified 18 illegal mining sites in Kyebi in the East Akim municipality of the Eastern Region for reclamation.

According to John Peter Amewu, Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, some of the areas were heavily depleted and as such would require vigorous strategy to aid the reclamation exercise.

Launching the reclamation project here in Kyebi on Friday, Mr. Amewu said the project would take two forms, including cleaning and backfilling of excavated sites as well as planting and developing of the vegetation.

“As part of the reclaiming exercise, the Ministry and the Okyehene Palace set out to engage a team to evaluate and assess the depleted lands in Kyebi. The exercise would be done in two phases; first is the cleaning and backfilling of the excavated sites and the next phase would involve planting and growing the lost vegetation,” he added.

He said the ministry was collaborating with the Okyehene Foundation, the Rebecca Akufo-Addo Foundation, Richie Plantations Limited, Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Local Government Ministry and other ministries which make up the Ministerial Taskforce Against Illegal Mining in executing the project.

He said government would put together a committee that would be represented by the Okyehene Palace, Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, Minerals Commission, Multi-sectorial Mining Integrated Project and  Environmental Protection Agency to formulate strategies for the reclamation project.

The committee, among other things, would be expected to report on the progress of the reclamation project to the Ministries and the Okyehene Palace to ensure the programme was on course, Mr. Amewu stated.

The minister called for collaboration between all stakeholders in efforts to restore the depleted lands back to its natural state.

The Okyehene, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin, lauded the government for taking the initiative to combat illegal mining, which remained a threat to the environment and the people’s survival, and pledged his support in ending the menace in the area.

From Claude Nyarko Adams, Kyebi






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