The European Union (EU) has commended the Government, civil society organisations and the media for their roles in tackling the menace of illegal small-scale mining across the country.
Mr William Hanna, the EU Ambassador to Ghana, who gave the commendation at the opening of a Four-Day Trainer of Trainers’ Workshop for geoscientists in Accra, on Monday, said the EU was impressed with the commitment shown by these stakeholders in handling the issue, which was previously ignored.
Mr Hanna, therefore, urged the Government to ensure sustainable exploitation of the natural resources so that it would benefit the ordinary citizens.
He urged the Government to ensure that the artisanal small-scale mining sector was properly regulated in order to create decent jobs and livelihoods for the miners and prosperity for all Ghanaians.
“We know that extractive resources, including oil, gas and minerals, affect the socio-economic conditions of countries that represent half of the world’s population,” he said.
The training programme brought together about 40 geoscientists from Ghana, Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone and The Gambia and Ghana to share experiences regarding the exploitation of natural resources and come out with recommendations that would contribute significantly towards governance of the extractives to enhance resource utilisation.
The training is being organised by the European Geological Surveys and Organisation of African Geological Surveys, under Work Package Three of Artisanal Small-scale Mining Training.
It is funded by the EU, through its Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development, in collaboration with the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development of Canada. It is aimed at improving and reinforcing geoscientific skills of African geoscientists, which would equip them with enhanced and relevant data and skills, to provide better services that would facilitate resource discovery and development.