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Every Ghanaian deserves to benefit from the country’s mineral resources – Mahama

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Former President John Mahama, in his capacity as the leader of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has emphasized his dedication to collaborating with all stakeholders to redefine Ghana’s mining industry.

During his address at the ‘3rd Annual Transformational Dialogue on Small-Scale Mining’ hosted by the University of Energy and Natural Resources in Sunyani on Wednesday, May 15, Mahama stressed the importance of ensuring that Ghana’s natural resources benefit the entire populace, not just a select few.

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He acknowledged the significant role played by the small-scale mining sector in Ghana’s economy, providing livelihoods for many while contributing to national development.

However, Mahama also highlighted the sector’s challenges, including environmental and safety concerns, as well as illegal mining activities.

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Mahama emphasized the need to prioritize environmental preservation and resource protection for future generations.

He advocated for proactive measures to rehabilitate areas affected by illegal mining and to invest in renewable energy sources to reduce dependence on traditional mining practices.

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“Incoming president of the Republic, I am deeply committed to working with all stakeholders to chart a new vision for our country’s mining industry”.

“We must ensure that Ghana’s natural resources are managed to benefit all our people, not just a few,” the flagbearer of the NDC said when he addressed the ‘3rd Annual Transformational Dialogue on Small-Scale Mining’ organised by the University of Energy and Natural Resources in Sunyani on Wednesday, May 15.

“The small-scale mining sector plays a significant role in our economy — providing livelihoods for thousands of our people and contributing to the development of our nation.

“It has been both a bedrock of livelihood for many and a source of considerable environmental and safety concerns, as well as concerns about illegal mining activities.”

“We must also prioritise preserving our environment and protecting our natural resources for future generations. This means taking bold steps to rehabilitate and restore areas affected by illegal mining and investing in renewable energy sources to reduce our reliance on traditional mining practices.”

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