The government has given all excavators in the nation until November 2, 2022, to register with the appropriate local government bodies.
The State shall seize and confiscate any excavator that is not registered in accordance with this order.
“An owner, operator and/or user of an excavator shall, at the time of registration, specify the purpose for which the excavator is being used or to be used and the area where the excavator is being used or will be used,” the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources issued a statement.
Metropolitan, Municipal, or District Assemblies are required to record the following information as part of the registration: the name and details of the excavator’s owner; the date the excavator entered the country; the registration number; the chassis number; the purposes for which the excavator entered the country; the area where the excavator is expected to be used; and the name and details of the excavator’s current operator and user.
The MMDAs are also urged to document any additional information they may think is important.
This government order is consistent with the effort to stop unlawful mining.
The rate of deforestation and the size of illicit small-scale mining operations have both increased as a result of the usage of excavators in unlawful mining.
According to the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, “it will continue to take the necessary measures to protect our natural environment, particularly, water bodies, forests and lands, in a transparent and sustainable manner, anchored on integrity.”
Read the full statement below:
Source: Ghanatodayonline.com/Louis Gyamerah