I’ll ensure Ghana's natural resources are managed to benefit all, not just a few — Mahama

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Former President John Mahama

Former President and NDC flagbearer John Dramani Mahama has promised to ensure Ghana's natural resources are managed in a way that benefits all Ghanaians if elected as president, and not just a few.

Speaking as Special Guest of Honour at the 3rd Annual Transformational Dialogue on Small-scale Mining at the University of Energy and Natural Resources in Sunyani, Mahama said Ghana's minerals and lands "have been polluted, our forests destroyed, and our people left without clean water and fertile land" due to illegal mining practices.

"We cannot allow illegal mining to continue unchecked, and we must chart a new vision for our country's mining industry that prioritises sustainable development and responsible mining practices,” the one-time president asserted.

Mr. Mahama added, "Ghana, blessed with abundant natural resources, including gold, has experienced the devastating effects of illegal mining first-hand."

He pledged that as incoming president of Ghana, he is "deeply committed to working with all stakeholders to chart a new vision for our country's mining industry. We must ensure that Ghana's natural resources are managed to benefit all our people, not just a few."

The former president added, "It is time for us to come together and take decisive action to end illegal mining and chart a sustainable future for our mining sector."

If elected, Mahama said he would implement strict enforcement of mining laws, boost investment in responsible mining technologies, and educate small-scale miners on sustainable practices to curb illegal mining and ensure Ghana's lands and water bodies are protected for future generations.

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