Odiamono Ntri Twum Barimah II, the Kontihene of the Denkyira Traditional Area, has observed that the ban on small-scale mining has brought trading and other economic activities in the area on their knees.
Odiamono Twum Barimah, who is also the Chief of Badua, said the ban had brought untold hardship on the residents and appealed to the government to consider lifting the ban.
He said there were licensed small-scale miners in the area who had been deprived of their livelihoods due to the moratorium, and asked the government to expedite action towards implementing the alternative livelihoods programmes so that they could get an alternative source of income.
The government, on assumption of office last year, placed a six-month moratorium on all forms of small-scale mining nationwide, in order to sanitise the mining industry in view of the vicious cycle of environmental degradation, which had polluted major water bodies and destroyed the natural vegetation.
It extended the ban for another three months after the expiration of the six months, thereby incurring the wrath of members of the National Small-Scale Miners Association and those whose livelihood depended on mining.
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