President John Mahama has outlined a number of measures to streamline activities of small-scale miners in the country.
According to him, the fight against illegal mining had become a challenge and that it was for these reasons that efforts were being made to bring sanity into its activities.
The President was addressing a rally at Kyebi as part of his four-day campaign tour in the Eastern Region.
President Mahama earlier held a closed-door meeting with the Okyenhene, Osaagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin II at his palace in Kyebi.
President Mahama indicated that small-scale miners would be made to form co-operatives that would consists of at least 21 members each to access regulated concessions for mining.
“By so doing, the co-operatives will be encouraged to save some funds for a period of time to enable them acquire equipment that could be used to reclaim the land after mining,” he said.
Acording to the President, both medium and large-scale mining companies would also have separate regulations to guide them in their activities.
President Mahama further announced that the Minerals Commission would soon hold a conference for small-scale miners to enable them express their views on the new mining policy.
He said the government was concerned about the bad nature of some roads in the Kyebi area and promised to fix them when his mandate was renewed.
“We are happy that construction work is ongoing on some major roads in this area as part of the cocoa roads project,” President Mahama stated.
On cocoa farming, he assured farmers of more assistance from the government to improve yields.
He further pledged the government’s preparedness to offer employment to 400,000 youth in the country under the Youth Employment Authority (YEA).
President Mahama said at the time the NDC took over the leadership of governance, only 58 per cent of Ghanaians had access to good drinking water but now, it had increased to 76 per cent.
“The government has not been and would not discriminate in providing infrastructure development to Ghanaians.
“We are serving Ghanaians diligently and will not be perturbed about what critics say,” President Mahama stated.
President Mahama exchanging greetings with some chiefs at Kyebi
He called on Ghanaians to be tolerant of each other’s views and also play their respective roles effectively to ensure that the December general election was conducted peacefully to safeguard the country’s democratic credentials.
President Mahama reaffirmed that the elections would not be marked by violence and therefore urged Ghanaians to turn up in their numbers to vote saying that, God had already chosen who to lead the nation.
He however, expressed the hope that the NDC would emerge victorious to continue with its good works of improving on the fortunes of the country.
The President entreated the people of Kyebi to vote massively for the NDC parliamentary candidate in Abuakwa South, Mr Owraku Amofa, to represent them in Parliament.