The Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Hon. Samuel Abu Jinapor has inaugurated a joint committee of experts from the Ghana Chamber of Mines and the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources to deal with issues in the large-scale mining sector.
At the inauguration ceremony on Monday, October 11, 2021, Hon. Samuel A. Jinapor applauded the Ghana Chamber of Mines for its cooperation with the Ministry of Lands and the results achieved.
“It is very welcoming and refreshing that the ministry has developed a robust and effective working relationship with the chamber and that is how it should be”, he said.
He disclosed that he has had multiple engagements with the Ghana Chamber of mines on issues associated with large-scale mining and believes they can work together with his ministry.
“The importance of this committee cannot be overemphasized. This is an important committee. As we are very much aware, since I arrived I’ve had multiple engagements with the chamber and paid visits”, the Minister added.
The President of the Ghana Chamber of Mines, Mr. Eric Asubonteng in a speech praised the Lands for reviving the fight against illegal mining and championing the regulations of the small-scale mining sector.
He indicated that some moves made by the Minister in the Large Scale Mining sector will help generate more revenue for the country.
He observed that the establishment of the committee is a further boost of the Hon. Minister and what he intends to achieve as a Minister.
Mr. Asubonteng said that the Minister’s willingness to listen and involve others in decision-making will ultimately benefit the sector.
He expressed a belief that the collaborative efforts between the Ministry and the Chamber of Mines will guarantee success.
“On behalf of the chamber, we are grateful for all you’ve done and I can assure you that you can count on us. Our support today is not a flash in the pan and we are going to work effectively with you. You can continue to count on our support,” he said.
The Chairman of the Committee, Hon. George Mireku Duker in his acceptance speech stated that an enormous task has been handed to him and members of the group but promised to rise to the occasion whenever necessary.
He added that the protection of the country’s natural resources and improvement of revenue generation ranks highly on the wish-list of every Ghanaian and that the committee will discharge their duty to the utmost satisfaction.
The other members of the group include Mr. Sulemanu Koney, CEO Ghana Chamber of Mines, Mr. Martin Ayisi CEO of Minerals Commission, Mr. Benjamin Aryee, Advisor on Mines to the Minister, Mrs. Juliet Manteaw-Kutin, Legal and Legislative Affairs Committee of Chamber of Mines and Mr. Edwin Acquaye a member of Finance and Budget Committee of the Chamber of Mines.