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Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining abandoned by most Ministers, says final report

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Illegal mining has been a major problem in Ghana for years, leading to the destruction of the environment and the loss of lives. In 2017, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo set up the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM) to fight against illegal small-scale mining. However, according to the final report presented by the committee chairman, Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, most of the ministers who were supposed to serve on the committee abandoned it.

Only the Ministers of Sanitation and Local Government and Rural Development remained a part of the committee, while the others left. The committee was tasked with sanitizing and regularizing small-scale mining activities to ensure miners worked within a legal framework. However, the committee was dissolved shortly after the 2020 elections.

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Professor Frimpong-Boateng accused some elements at the Jubilee House of hampering the efforts of the inter-ministerial committee. He cited abandonment of members as the first challenge the committee faced, and accused some of the ministers of deliberately working against the committee.

“To make matters worse, the Chairman was personally attacked, vilified and framed for things he had not done. Such assaults came from many people, including some of the ministers who effectively left the committee,” Professor Frimpong-Boateng stated in the report.

This situation highlights the lack of commitment by government officials to tackle the problem of illegal mining in Ghana. It is important for all stakeholders to come together and work towards finding a solution to this problem. The environment is being destroyed, and the lives of many Ghanaians are at risk. We need to take action now before it is too late.

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