In a recent interview, Nana Kwaku Ayisi, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Minerals Commission, has disclosed that over 3 million people are actively engaged in small-scale mining across 13 regions in Ghana. Notably, these figures do not include the regions of Oti, Greater Accra, and Volta.
Nana Ayisi’s revelation highlights the substantial economic and employment contributions of small-scale mining in various regions, impacting local economies and communities.
This disclosure underscores the importance of responsible and sustainable small-scale mining practices, emphasising the need for appropriate regulations to safeguard the environment, support community well-being, and ensure the long-term viability of Ghana’s mining industry.
The complex challenge of balancing economic development with environmental preservation remains a top priority as Ghana navigates the intricacies of small-scale mining.