Zambia To Learn Anti-Illegal Mining Campaign From Ghana
By: Masahudu Ankiilu Kunateh
The High Commissioner of Zambia to Ghana, His Excellency Timothy Mwaba Walamba, has lauded the bold and decisive steps taken by the Government of Ghana to halt the influx of illegal and foreign miners into the small scale mining sector in the country.
Ambassador Walamba revealed that he has come under immense pressure from his government to understudy the campaign conducted by Ghana’s Inter-Ministerial Taskforce against Illegal Mining to enable him advice Zambian authorities on strategies to curtail the influx of illegal Indian miners into the country’s mining industry.
He announced that a high profile Zambian government delegation including officials of Zambian Ministry of Mines and Minerals Development was standing by to travel to Ghana to learn at first-hand the experiences of the Taskforce to assist it launch a similar campaign in Zambia.
Mr Walamba made the commendation during a courtesy call on Alhaji Inusah Fuseini, Ghana’s Minister for Lands and Natural Resources.
The High Commissioner called to discuss possible lessons which the Zambian government could learn from Ghana’s environmental governance to improve sustainable natural resources management in the South African country.
On his part Alhaji Inusah Fuseini re-affirmed Ghana’s commitment to the strong historic ties between the two countries nurtured during the colonial era and assured the Zambian envoy of his readiness of his Ministry to assist Zambia to formulate strategies to effectively halt the indiscriminate plundering and looting of its natural resources.
The Minister attributed the recent upsurge influx of illegal foreign miners into the small mining sector in Ghana partially to poor monitoring of the nation’s borders by immigration officers who are sometimes compromised and revealed that capacities of such frontline state institutions are being strengthened to stem the influx of foreign miners.
Alhaji Fuseini indicated that some illegal foreign miners took up arms against some communities in the Ashanti Region in a bid to block access to water bodies for their illegal operations and encouraged the Zambian government to take a clue from Ghana’s legislative framework to restrict artisanal mining to Zambian nationals.
He indicated that the Ministry was prepared to share its experiences and expertise in combating illegal mining with its Zambian counterparts and assured the Zambian Ambassador that an elaborate programme including tour to some former galamsey sites will prepared for the consideration of the Zambian Ministry of Mines and Minerals Development.
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