Small Scale Miners Association has appealed to President Akufo Addo to lift the ban on small scale mining in order to bring some relief to the members of the association.
The ban on small scale mining, according to the association, is having a dire consequences on the lives of the members of the association.
Government placed a ban on small scale mining in June 2017, following widespread destruction of water bodies, land due to the application of harmful chemicals such as mercury and cyanide in small scale mining.
The Lands and Natural Resource Minister,John Peter Amewu announced recently in Central region in a meeting with the chiefs and people of Dunkwaw that, President Akufo Addo will soon lift the ban on small scale mining.
He said road map which provides alternative livelihood to the miners and also ensure sustainable mining to be followed by the lifting ban, is being implemented by the government.
But speaking on Accra-based radio station on Tuesday,July 10,2018, which was captured by Mynewsghana.com, Director for Research and Planning for Small Scale Miners Association, Michael Gizo, pleaded for the ban on small scale mining to be lifted with an immediate effect because some of the members have resorted to committing suicide, with others been diagnose with cardiac arrest as a result of the ban.
According to him, some miners invested hugely into the small scale mining business with a credit facility from various financial institutions in the country, with the hope of making payment of the credit facility from the proceed but due to the ban, their ability to make the payment to the financial institutions prove unabortive leading to committing of suicide.