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Bole: Lands Minister accused of poor consultation in mining allocation

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The Member of Parliament for Bole-Bamboi, Yusif Sulemana, has accused the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abu Jinapor, of failing to do proper stakeholder consultation before allocating lands to large-scale miners for prospecting, resulting in a clash in the area.

Reports suggest that the military officers assigned to protect the large-scale miners in the Bole district brutalised the NPP Vice Chairman and Secretary for Bole for their alleged involvement in illegal mining operations.

The MP for the area, Yusif Sulemana, speaking to journalists on the matter in Parliament described the incident as worrying.

“It is an issue that we are all worried about. It is on record that from the beginning of my constituency, which is Bamboi, to the end of it, it is filled with mineral deposits, both on the left and right sides of the roads, so you will have some forms of galamsey activities going on there. The move was for us to regularise these small-scale miners so that they don’t destroy the environment.

“As I speak with you, only four small-scale mining associations have been granted licenses, and so the majority of the youth are forced to continue with the galamsey business.

“Unfortunately, from February till date, the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources has allocated the lands to over seven large-scale miners, asking them to go and prospect, and the problem is that there was no proper stakeholder consultation.

So, the youth are there, and then they will see heavy equipment coming to take over what they are doing, and that is where the clash is coming from,” he stated. 

He continued: “Interestingly, it is only the NPP executives who are given the juicy places to do the galamsey work, and that is what is reflecting. Today, as I speak with you, the vice chairman of the NPP in the Bole-Bamboi Constituency is hospitalised.

“The secretary is at the hospital because the military brutalised him last night. They brutalised them because we are told that some minister has asked the military to go and protect some Chinese who are doing what they call prospecting, but I can tell you they are mining.”

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