fuseiniThe mining law in Ghana did not contemplate that foreigners will come and violate the law. In view of this, the sentences were and still remain too low to serve as a stringent punishment, the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini bemoaned.

This observation came to light during a tour of Ghanaian owned and first gold refinery in Ghana-ASAPVASA Company Limited in Accra yesterday.

According to Alhaji Fuseini, the Illegal mining law was originally targeted at Ghanaians and not foreigners. We are not prosecuting the illegal miners so far arrested because presently we want to get them out and amend the law. So now we reforming and in the process of amending the law and thereafter we will do the prosecution.

We cannot give timeline as to when we will complete the flushing out of illegal miners but we are determined to mitigate the involvement or the presence of illegal mining in our mining communities.?

Speaking to the media during the tour, the Chief Executive Officer of ASAP VASA, Henry Vroom Parker mentioned that, the refinery was set up at a total cost of about $15m and would soon go into production of bullion bars, coins and medals to stem the importation of these items and create jobs for Ghanaians.

ASAP VASA which started full refinery operations in 2007 with 500kg per month capacity can now refine two tonnes of gold per month.

The company has direct staff strength of twenty-five (25) and indirect jobs to hundreds of legal small-scale miners who supply the raw material.

Story by Pascal K. Kudiabor

Editor at Spyghana.com

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