The Paramount Chief of the Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Area, Okyehene Osagyefo Amotia Ofori Payin, has urged the President Akufo-Addo-led New Patriotic Party Government to suspend mining activities across Ghana for one year.
He stated that the suspension will pave way for a review of the legal regime governing the mining sector.
He made the call on Thursday, May 27, 2021, when the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abu Jinapor called on him at his palace in Kyebi.
Addressing the Minister and his entourage from his palace during the visit, the Paramount Chief said it was important for government to adequately resource the Minerals Commission in order to effectively carry out its mandate.
The courtesy call formed part of the Minister’s two-day visit to the Eastern Region.
The Okyehene further called for the decoupling of the Minerals Commission from the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources for the Commission to have the free hand to operate.
Touching on remuneration for mine workers, he said the disparity between the Ghanaian miner worker and others in other jurisdictions is too wide and must be looked at.
On his part, the Minister, Mr Jinapor noted that all the issues and concerns raised by the Okyehene will be tabled for further deliberations.