The Ghana Chamber of Mines is advocating for responsible mining by companies to help allay the fears of communities they operate in.
The Chamber indicated that mining companies must operate within the confines of the regulations and ensure that community livelihoods were not destroyed but rather well protected and enhanced.
Mr. Sulemanu Koney, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana Chamber of Mines, said this during a monitoring visit to the offices of Azumah Resources, an Australian mining company operating in the Upper West Region.
Mr. Koney said the Ghana Chamber of Mines would ensure proper monitoring of all mining companies under its roof to ensure that they engaged only in responsible mining that would help bring development to communities in which they were operating.
He also charged the companies to be open and transparent to the communities by engaging in discussions with regards to the benefits that would accrue to the communities to enhance cooperation.
Mr. Koney expressed satisfaction with the exploration work done by Azumah Resources so far and debunked allegations by some organisations that sought to suggest that the region was not yet ready for large scale mining.
He said mining could help turn around the fortunes of communities in terms of the alleviation of poverty and provision of development infrastructure to cater for community needs if carried out within the confines of the regulations.
The Chamber of Mines boss pointed out however that it would take proper planning on the part of stakeholders including the district assemblies to ensure efficient utilisation of all revenues.
On the issue of illegal small scale mining, he said there was the need for a concerted effort to get the operators registered so that their activities could be adequately monitored and regulated.
Some citizens had earlier raised concerns about Azumah Resources’ operations to draw water from the Black Volta for its mining activities, expressing fear that in the dry season, there might be water shortage should Azumah Resources continue to draw water from the Black Volta.