Hon. Samuel A. Jinapor, Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, launched the Bongo-Soe Community Mining Scheme (CMS) at Bongo-Soe in the Upper East Region on Tuesday, January 24, 2023.
At a colorful ceremony graced by the Upper East Regional Minister, Hon. Stephen Yakubu, and some traditional authorities in the area, Hon. Samuel A. Jinapor commissioned the Bongo-Soe Community Mining Scheme (CMS), which is expected to provide direct and indirect jobs to the people of Bongo and its environs.
Addressing the gathering, Hon. Jinapor disclosed that the northern part of the country has been blessed with rich mineral deposits.
He cited the presence of some mining companies, such as Cardinal Namdini Resources and Perseus Mining, among others, as justification that this part of the country is blessed with rich mineral resources, particularly gold.
He stressed the importance of correcting the mistakes of the past by ensuring the exploitation of the resources in a responsible and sustainable manner.
According to the Lands Minister, H. E. President Akufo-Addo’s government is bent on revamping the mining sector and raising local giants in the small-scale mining industry, and the Community Mining Scheme is an ideal way of achieving that.
He believes that the community mining scheme will create employment in the area and improve the livelihoods of the people.
The Minister cautioned that there is a manual for the Community Mining Scheme that must therefore be religiously adhered to, while also warning that the Ministry will not hesitate to revoke the license if the CMS is found not to be following the measures stipulated in the manual.
He urged the management of the scheme to work effectively with the stakeholders in the area, including the DCE and the traditional authorities, to ensure that royalties are paid, local jobs are created, reliefs are provided, and overall progress in the area is achieved.
Hon. Stephen Yakubu, the Upper East Regional Minister, said he was elated that the job creation project has been instituted in his region.
He assured them that the CMS manual’s measures would be implemented, and he recruited local youth to commit to the project’s success.
He also assured that the gold katcha, which was donated by the government, would be used for its intended purpose.
The paramount chief of the Bongo Traditional Area Naba Baba Salifu Atamaale was optimistic that the scheme will provide the necessary employment in the area and added that mining must be done within the confines of the law and he will in his capacity as the chief ensure that the laws are adhered to.
The Bongo- Soe CMS is the first CMS to be launched in Upper East region.