John Dramani Mahama, flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress has promised to regulate activities of small-scale mining in a way that will not destroy the environment.

He stated that the NDC administration will restructure it so that the youth gain some meaningful employment.

He said when he met small-scale miners on Tuesday, June 11.

Mahama

“When I was in power, we used the military to force the miners out of the sites, just as this current government is doing. But we realised that there was nothing left for them to feed on after they left the mining sites.

“I am promising you that, should the NDC be voted back into power, we will regulate the activity in a way that will not destroy the environment. If this government fails to regulate small scale mining, we will restructure it so that the youth gain some meaningful employment,” he said.

Mahama further mentioned that, he would introduce what he terms as the reclamation bond to compel small-scale miners to comply with environmentally friendly measures as a means of employment.

“When you work, you save the little that you have. And so, when you are done digging the gold, you cover the pit before you go for your earnings.

“If you don’t fill the pit, the money will be given to someone else to fill it. It is an arrangement that has been made.”

Source: Blackgh.com

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