25.1 C
Accra
Sunday, May 26, 2024
NewsMahama promises to bring onboard traditional leaders in granting of mining licenses

Date:

Mahama promises to bring onboard traditional leaders in granting of mining licenses

spot_img

The 2024 flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama, has pledged to involve traditional leaders in the crucial process of granting mining licenses in Ghana if he wins the upcoming December elections.

He emphasized that incorporating traditional leaders into the licensing process is vital to addressing the destructive impact of illegal mining activities, known as galamsey.

- Advertisement -

Mahama highlighted the significant role traditional leaders play in their communities, stating that their insights and involvement are essential in effectively tackling the galamsey menace.

“One of the impacts of illegal mining, including galamsey, has been the destruction of forests and cocoa farms. We will protect the destruction of cocoa farms for mining and effectively ban the issuance of entry permits into forests. Mining in water bodies will be outrightly prohibited.”

- Advertisement -

“Recognising the invaluable role of traditional leaders in our society and as a testament to our commitment to inclusivity and respect for all stakeholders, I intend to have traditional leaders included in the crucial process of granting mining licences in their communities,” he said.

He underscored the need to leverage their knowledge of local issues and authority to ensure that mining activities are conducted responsibly and sustainably, with proper consideration for environmental and community welfare.

- Advertisement -

Speaking at the 3rd Annual Transformational Dialogue on Small-scale Mining at the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) in Sunyani, the former president expressed deep concern about the detrimental effects of illegal mining on various sectors of the Ghanaian economy.

Mahama pledged to take decisive actions, including banning mining in water bodies and imposing restrictions on permit issuance for activities within forested areas, to curb the adverse impacts of galamsey.

Latest stories

I date intelligence and funny men – Tems

Grammy-winning Nigerian singer Temilade Openiyi has shared that she...

Ghanaian jailed 48 months in US for involvement in $3.8m romance scam

A Ghanaian national, Emmanuel Quamey, has been sentenced to...

Rooney given Plymouth Argyle head coach role

Plymouth Argyle, a Championship side, has appointed former England...

Ghana witnessed 2.9% GDP growth in 2023 – Amin Adam

During the Ministry of Finance's monthly briefing on Friday,...

Related stories

Ghanaian jailed 48 months in US for involvement in $3.8m romance scam

A Ghanaian national, Emmanuel Quamey, has been sentenced to...

SML-GRA deal which is to loot and share was approved by Ofori-Atta – Sam George

Ningo-Prampram Member of Parliament, Sam George, has added his...

GHC20 is now worth 4 tomatoes – Trader reveals

A Ghanaian female trader has lamented the rising cost...

Ghana’s pubic debt surges by GHC46.4bn in 2 months to hit GHC658.6bn

Ghana's public debt increased by GH¢46.4 billion in the...

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here