The Artisanal and Small Scale Mining Africa-Network (ASMAN) has congratulated Hon. John Peter Amewu on his nomination as the Lands and Natural Resources Minister-designate by His Excellency, President Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo.
Hon. John Peter Amewu is a Cost Engineer with more than 15years experience in Government, Private Sector, Civil Society and International Development; and currently the Alumni Vice Chair for the Ghana Chapter of the International Mining for Development Centre (IM4DC).
ASMAN is proud to be associated with your appointment as it marks victory for mining advocacy; and hope that your long association and involvement in mining advocacy on issues of small scale mining and community aspects of resource development, puts you in a best position to find lasting solutions to the challenges of illegal mining (galamsey).
As we congratulate you, we also wish to request that you create a platform for regular interactions between the ministry and small scale mining value-chain operators to address key challenges on galamsey and the categorization of the small scale mining sector.
The Executive Director of ASMAN, Nii Adjetey-Kofi Mensah, and the Board and Management of ASMAN see your appointment as the beginning of concrete efforts to address the challenges of disemination affecting mining policy (now available) and the environmental mining regulatory framework.
In conclusion, ASMAN look forward to having a fruitful working relationship with you and the ministry on the call to regularise Galamsey. Congratulations