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POLITICS: "I Will Grant Amnesty To Convicted Actors In Illegal Small-Scale Mining Sector" - Mahama

The Flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Mahama has promised to grant amnesty to convicted actors in the illegal small-scale mining sector, popularly known as galamsey if voted into office in December.

The former president was speaking at a durbar of chiefs and people of Odum-Bunso in the Western Region on Thursday.

He told the chiefs and people of the community that his administration will give these offenders a second chance to make something of their lives.

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"When we come into power,I will grant amnesty to everyone who was arrested for operating in Galamsey. I believe that these operators are remorseful towards any unlawful activities, so we will give them another chance".

John Mahama also stated that his party has a well-planned policy that will develop small scale mining.

He assured that the party will expand job opportunities in the mining sector,to create wealth for the people, especially those living in mining communities.

He added that unlike the NPP government, his administration will put political affiliations aside and ensure that the initiative benefits every small-scale miner.

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"The Akufo-Addo government has allowed his party members to benefit from small scale-mining and has stopped people who are not affiliated to the NPP party to starve",he stated.

The former president added that every mining district in Ghana will be assigned professionals from the University of Mines and Technology at Tarkwa(UMaT) to regulate and train all small scale miners to ensure the safety of the miners during the mining process.

He added that under a future NDC administration UMaT professionals will also train small-scale miners in land reclamation.

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This, he said, will minimize the death toll and the negative impact of mining on the environment.

The former president urged the people of Odum-Banso to vote massively for him and his parliamentary candidate.

Story by RodneyTsenuokpor