Obuasi, June 9, GNA - Alhaji Collins Dauda, Minister of Lands and
Natural Resources, has suggested to mining companies to set up a fund for
the establishment of large-scale plantations in their areas of operations.
He explained that this would create jobs for the youth and prevent them
from undertaking illegal mining (galamsey).
Alhaji Dauda, who was on a familiarization visit to AngloGold Ashanti
(Obuasi), said that galamsey at Obuasi was becoming an institutionalised and
He said the Ministry was applying strategies to deal with the situation.
Alhaji Dauda said that about 66 mining sites have been identified in some
parts of the country and urged people interested in mining to form
co-operatives and apply for lincence to enable them to operate small-scale
He said that AngloGold Ashanti was making plans to cede some of its
mining sites to galamsey operators and leave their mining areas.
Mr. Keith Faulkner, the Vice President of AngloGold Ashanti (Ghana),
Operations, said that it had been difficult to make Obuasi a profitable venture.
He said the company was planning to introduce mechanised and improved
mining methods to enhance production.
Mr. Faulkner, who is also Managing Director of Obuasi Mine, said safety
measures were initiated to protect mine workers.