NORPRA Statement
NORPRA Statement

The Northern Patriots in Research and Advocacy (NORPRA) has commended the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources on its directives to close illegal mining pits at Gbene in the Talensi District of the Upper East Region.

NORPRA is a Civil Society Organization into research and advocates for responsible and sustainable mining in northern Ghana.

A press statement signed by Mr Bismark Adongo Ayorogo, the Executive Director of NORPRA and copied to the Ghana News Agency, said “compliance and enforcement of the directive will, to a very large extent, greatly avert the reoccurrence of mining related calamities and loss of precious lives in the area.”

The statement called on key stakeholders to respect and comply with the directives, and demonstrate high level of love for humanity and development of the area.

The statement urged the Ministry to go beyond the content of its directives and include in the recommendations of its investigative committee’s report “appropriate sanctions for the Director in charge of Small-Scale Mining in the country under whose watch and supervision these illegal pits were dug.”

NORPRA, in the statement called for immediate prosecution of those whose names appeared as perpetrators of the “illegalities resulting in the loss of precious lives of 16 innocent young people in Talenteng (Talensi land).”

The statement recommended “very huge compensation for families of the deceased.”

The statement entreated all development partners in the extractive sector to partner with NORPRA to build the capacity of mining communities in northern Ghana.

This, it said would enable NORPRA to “effectively monitor and report activities of mining companies in communities and ensure that the communities are only not short-changed but the laws are fully respected and protected for sustainable development.”

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