The District Chief Executive of the Ellembele district in the Western Region, Mr. Daniel K. Eshun, has said government is committed to ensuring that Ghanaians take advantage of the small-scale mining business rather than illegal mining activities.
According to him, the government is ready to assist individuals or groups that desire to venture into the small-scale mining business to acquire needed documents to enable them operate in any part of the country.
Mr. Eshun said this, when he officially inaugurated Akwamu Small Scale Mining Company Limited, an Nzema-based firm at Nvuma in the Ellembele District.
He applauded authorities of Adamus Resources Limited for releasing part of its concession to indigenes of the area to legally acquire and operate in order to earn a decent living.
This, he mentioned, will help to improve their standard of living since it will create more job avenues for the youth.
He further advised the company to adhere to safety measures throughout its operations and ensure that its workers’ welfare is equally and dispassionately taken care of.
Mr. Eshun cautioned that the Assembly will deal with the company if it seeks to engage children in its operations. “The Assembly will not hesitate to push for withdrawal of the company’s licences if it is found that children are engaged in its operations.”
The Chief Executive of Akwamu Small Scale Mining Company Limited, Mrs. Gertrude Heman-Ackah, disclosed that Akwamu Mines was established mainly to create job opportunities for the youth residing in the district and its environs.
She added that the company, as part of its initial operations, has so far engaged over 500 youth and will continue to recruit more — indicating that Akwamu Mines is focused on improving the lives of the people of Nzemaland and the region.
“Parents need to invest into the education of their wards to enable them become useful to society in future instead of spending their resources on activities that will not yield any improvement to their lives,” she said.
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