The Western North Regional Minister, Mr Richard Ebbah Obeng has paid a working visit to Chrisphil Gold Field, a community mining site at Emaap3 in the Aowin Municipality.
The visit was to access the activities of the proposed community mining site and also to acquaint himself with a first hand information and current status of the site.
Mr Obeng was impressed with the workdone so far and expressed commitment in assisting Ghanaian companies who are ready to mine in line with the mining guidelines to acquire the requisite documents to operate.
He said, the government was committed to do so to reduce unemployment among the youth hence the introduction of the Community Mining Scheme.
At the mining site he advised the miners to make the place conducive for mining activities.
He said, the accesement has shown their readiness to be considered as a Community Mining and tasked them to maintain such standards in order not to attract any sanction from the government.
Mr Henry Okum, the Operation Manager of Chrisphil Goldfield Company Limited told the Minister that the delay in the acquisition of mining licenses and bureaucratic bottleneck constitute a major setback to the operations of mining companies.
He said, Chrisphil Goldfield Company Limited has put appropriate measures in place and to adhere to the good mining practices.
According to him, his outfit has embarked on a reclamation programme and has so far planted more than One Thousand (1000) coconut seedlings on a degraded land.
Mr Okum assured the Minister to strictly go by the Community Mining laws and appealed to the authorities in charge to speed up with the process to release the mining licenses for full operations.
By: Daniel Akwasi Nuako