Ghana National Association of Small Scale Mining (GNASSM) Director in charge of Communication has lamented over the danger posed by abandoned open mining pits in the country.
The Communication Director has challenged members of the association to redirect their attention to reclaiming uncovered mined portions of acquired concessions.
Per his opinion, that is the only antidote for public support as a way of sustaining the small scale mining sector.
Abdul Razak Alhassan is of the strong conviction that responsible and sustainable mining can only be attained if small scale mining activities are devoid of environmental degradation especially deserted open pits.
He made the remarks when commenting on the theme ” Ensuring Responsible and Sustainable Small Scale Mining in Ghana. Our shared responsibility “, for 2022 edition of National Artisinal Small Scale Mining Awareness Day.
He stressed the need for small scale miners to appreciate the importance of reclamation as their part of the shared responsibility towards nation building.
Whilst commending some small scale members who have exemplary reclaimed their mined sites and put it back for other productive activities, he reiterated the need for government to involve the association in its attempt to embark on any reclamation drive.
Accordingly, the association has record of individual members who have several reclaimed sites and again a well executed plan which to him is a justification for such exercise.
The national Artisinal Small Scale Mining Awareness Day is slated for every 2nd June and this year event which will be celebrated with other events for five days will be held in Kumasi, the Ashanti regional capital.
The event is jointly organised by GNASSM, Minerals Commission and