Concerned Small Scale Miners Union of Ghana (CSSMUG), a group of artisanal miners, is threatening to sue the government should it fail to provide a concrete road map on lifting the ban on small-scale mining within two weeks. The CSSMUG’s borne of contention is the government’s inexplicable failure to launch the Multi-Sectoral Mining Integration Project, (MMIP).
The miners say they will hold demonstrations and take legal action if the government does not address their grievances within a fortnight.
In a press statement published on Modern Ghana on Tuesday, Kwadwo Peprah, President of the CSSMU, said, “We hereby demand to know from the government within the next two weeks, a deliberate, immediate and concrete roadmap toward lifting the ban or brace up for a series of demonstrations, confrontations and a consequent lawsuit”.
In addition, he said government has had enough time to address the plight of small-scale miners.
“More than one year after the ban, the government of President Akufo Addo is yet to convince us that it has any meaningful approach to dealing with the ills of the sector which necessitated this moratorium,” Peprah said.
“One year is enough for any serious administrator to put pragmatic, concrete measures in place to salvage an industry that employs a teeming number of young people; the government would not be struggling with graduate and youth unemployment if Small Scale Mining had been given the needed streamlining,” he added.