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Anti-galamsey campaign boosted as gov’t suspends licence for small-scale mining

The Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources has placed a moratorium on licences for small-scale mining in an attempt to properly map out strategies to clamp down on illegal mining activities across the country.

The sector minister, John Peter Amewu, told Joy News the suspension of licences is to ensure the sustainability of the environment and also sanitise the small-scale mining sector.

Pressure has been mounting on state actors to aggressively deal with illegal small-scale mining (galamsey) following a sustained media crusade against the problems associated with it.

The activities of the small-scale miners have caused severe pollution to the country’s fresh water bodies and destroyed arable lands.

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