Ghana to Setup ‘Gold Village’

The Ghanaian government is exploring the possibility of establishing a gold village for the sale of Ghana made coinages, gold bars and assorted jewellery, as part of efforts to maximize the contribution of the small scale mining sector (SSM) to national development.

This move is estimated to provide a major boost for SSM, which produced a total of 1.43million ounces of gold (34% of Ghana’s total gold production in 2012). This would go a long way to assist small scale miners to operate in a technically, economically and environmentally sustainable manner.

The Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini told investors and business leaders that government will build on positives garnered from the management of small scale mining sector in the country “to enhance the development of an efficient, modern and sustainable small-scale mining sector for both precious and industrial minerals.”

Mr Fuseini also explained that measures have been put in place to ensure that geological data on all minerals open to small scale miners is made available to prospective miners.

He further added:

“Illegal SSM are being formalized to form co-operatives to be supported with requisite equipment and working capital. guidelines on health and safety have been developed to train SSM in environmentally friendly processing methods and District Mining Committees have also been established and adequately resourced to provide logistics and assist in the management of SSM activities through the provision of appropriate training programmes”

The Sector Minister emphasized on the dire repercussions of illegal mining noting that –  unsafe mining practices leads to rampart accidents, loss of lives, destruction of forest reserves which in turn impact negatively on food security. These along with pollution of water bodies with dangerous substances like mercury and cyanide result in myriad of

GUBA hopes that the gold village idea turns over a productive results to aid small-scale producers.


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