The Central Regional House of Chiefs has resolved to support government’s measures aimed at combating illegal mining and other environmental illegalities in the country.
According to the chiefs, as custodians of the land, it was within their interest to back efforts of government to rid the country of activities that deplete the environment and threatens the future of the country at large.
To this end, President of the Central Regional House of Chiefs, Odeefuo Amoakwa Buabu VIII, said the traditional leaders were advocating the involvement of chiefs in the issuance of mining licences to help in the regulation of mining.
He was speaking here at Cape Coast when the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel A. Jinapor met the House as part of his two-day tour of the region.
The Odeefuo noted that the chiefs would further help in the effective administration of the county’s land.
“We the chiefs of the region recognise government’s efforts at ensuring a sustainable land administration and management in the country through the New Land Act 2020,” he stated.
Nananom, he said, intend to organise a workshop to sensitise members on the Act to help enhance their contributions towards its implementation.
The Regional House of Chiefs President also commended the Minister for the honour and respect he accord to chiefs and the chieftaincy institution in general.
On his part, Mr Jinapor highlighted the role of chiefs to the overall development of the country and commended them for their cooperation and support towards the government’s policies in reforming the lands and natural resources sector.
He further lauded the chiefs for actively participating and ensuring the success of the Green Ghana project
He said government will engage traditional authorities in the issuing of mining licenses to mining companies going forward to ensure the traditional authorities are part of the mineral value chain.
He called on Chiefs, District Police Commanders and District Chief Executives to work in tandem to make the fight against illegal mining successful.
The Minister said government is not against mining but was fighting the use of illegal methods and practices which deplete the environment and water bodies.
FROM CLAUDE NYARKO ADAMS, CAPE COAST