Paramount Chief for Talensi Traditional Area in the Upper East Region, Tongraan Kubilsung-Nablebtang has called for concerted efforts in the fight against unsafe mining.
The Tongraan and Member of Council of State who is so passionate and worried about the destruction and loss of natural vegetation to injuries mining, expressed worry that if the menace is not tackled immediately, will destroy future generations.
His call came in the wake of growing concerns about the ravaging damage illegal mining has caused most parts of the country.
According to him, it will be appropriate to rather support large scale and commercial mining which is more beneficial than small scale mining which destroys the land surfaces.
“I don’t support artisanal .Artisanal mining is the small scale mining that they are digging around spoiling all our river bodies ,spoiling all our forests and we not getting anything.
” I support and will support the kind of mining that will involve large scale mining where we will be in partnership with the companies involved and make sure that they do deep shaft mining such, that the surface and the river bodies or forests will not be destroyed” He stated at a public event covered by MyNewsGh.com
He added that “I think that, that is the only way we can preserve our environment and by so doing, we will leave the trees that are up surface to grow and ensure that at least we will be able to cater for generations to come”.
The Tongraan was speaking at a stakeholder engagement forum organized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in collaboration with Earl International Mining Company on fulfilment of the EPA’s Environmental Assessment Regulation Act 1999 Sect.17 .
The Program was a Stakeholder Engagement forum/ Public forum to discuss an impending Earl International Group (Ghana) Gold Ltd proposed large scale mining project in the Gbane community.
This comes after our successful submission of an Environmental Impact Statement of the project to the EPA.
The Public hearing is a requirement towards the grant of an Environmental Permit for the project.
The forum brought together traditional leaders (Tindaamas) ,mining experts and chiefs in the traditional area.