The government has warned the Ghana National Association of Small Scale Miners that they will be dealt with, if they breach the freeze on all forms of Small Scale mining.
Members of the Association announced a planned demonstration dubbed “all-die-be-die” to register their displeasure over the ban.
But in an interaction with journalists after a three-day tour of the Ashanti region, the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources cautioned that the miners may return to the sites at their own risk.
“I keep on saying that there is going to be a deployment of the law enforcement agencies; the Police the Army and the Airforce for a sustainable period – not less than one year, and that is going to come shortly. So if anybody dares to return to the site and it results in equipment being confiscated, that will be very unfortunate. That is why I have taken my time and explained issues to them and given timelines so they cease operations.”
“I gave another period of 30 days, which is coming to an end, to make sure they evacuate their equipment from the sites. All those timelines are to make sure there are no excuses when people’s equipment are seized.”
“For the association, I am going to engage them. I am in Kumasi and I am going to be in the Ashanti Region for the coming three days and I will have time to engage them so that together, we will build a Ghana that is acceptable and a Ghana that everybody will want to mine in.”