RE-REGULATION OF SMALL SCALE MINING, EPA AND MINERALS’ COMMISSION MUST BE MADE TO BE RESPONSIBLE AND DUTIFUL. PIRAN-GH
The destruction of our lands and the pollution of our rivers and water bodies by the activities of miners in general and illegal miners in particular in Ghana, which compelled the Government to suspend operations of small scale miners in order to work out a mechanism for re-regulation to ensure proper mining practices to save our land and water bodies from further destruction and pollution. This re-regulation could not have been necessary if the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Minerals Commission, et al had ensured proper supervision and enforcement of mining laws.
Posterity will judge the staff and management of EPA and Minerals’ Commission for failing to discharge their mandate and allowing the situation to deteriorate to the level that caused uproar across the length and breadth of this country.
The new regulation which is yet to be outdoored, will essentially seek to ensure among other things that the miners are made to sign a reclamation bond to commit themselves to reclaim all lands allotted them for mining activities. We also wish to task the government to ensure that the outfit of the EPA and the Minerals Commission also sign an undertaking that will make them liable if they failed in their duties to enforce the laws in their domain.
The inefficiencies and irresponsibilities of the agencies responsible for ensuring effective and efficient mining practices is largely responsible for the decades destruction and pollution of our land and rivers as our survey on the subject suggests, 61% of Ghanaians blame the wanton destruction of our land and pollution of our water bodies on inefficiencies and lack of commitment on the part of EPA, Minerals
Commission, et al to carry out their constitutional responsibilities.
Having gone through our mining laws in its current form, we are certain that the law is solid and if the implementation is concerted, we wouldn’t have to worry as a country. However, perceived corruption and lack of drive and tenacity to enforce the laws as the supervising agencies, are the reasons why we are where we are. We pray that they will be able to show a lot of commitment going forward so that they will be alive to their responsibilities to enable us secure the environment for generations yet unborn.
The works of Environmental Protection Agency, Minerals Commission among others is very crucial to halting the destruction of our lands, pollution of rivers and water bodies and PIRAN-Ghana, wishes to remind them to be alive to their duties to arrest the destruction and pollution of our lands and rivers.
As Ghanaians, we all owe it a duty to ‘throw our binoculars’ on the two governmental bodies mentioned above so that they can also be up and doing in order not to allow further destructions of the environment. We, as citizens, are also expected to report to the appropriate authorities any development that we may find unusual on sight to help make further gains as far as the fight against illegal mining is concerned.
James Dumenyah. Acting co ordinator. 0244891147.
Felix Djan Foh. President. PIRAN. 0244691605