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Ghana made almost $1.2 billion from small-scale mining – Lands Minister



Ghana made almost $1.2 billion from small-scale mining - Lands Minister

According to Samuel Abu Jinapor, Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, small-scale mining has contributed significantly to the nation’s gold output, with the industry producing 712,405 ounces of gold last year.

He claimed that this brought the government nearly US$1,200,000,000 in export revenues and that all diamonds produced in the country in 2022, totalling 82,251.99 carats and generating US$3,900,000 in revenue, were from small-scale mining.

Mr Jinapor made the comment at the start of a two-day transformative discussion on artisanal and small-scale mining titled “Sustaining Environmental Security and Human Rights in Small Scale Mining Operations in Ghana” in Fiapre in the Sunyani West Municipality.

The University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) developed the curriculum with the goal of bringing together various stakeholders to discuss the issue and work together to find a solution.

Politicians, traditional leaders, students, UENR members and staff, artisans and small-scale miners, civil society actors, representatives of large-scale mining firms, and the media all gathered.

Mr Jinapor stated that the small-scale mining sector employed thousands of people and supported the lives and livelihoods of millions of citizens.

He noted that the expanding illegalities linked with the industry, which result in environmental degradation, remained a national concern that required a collective effort to end.

Mr Jinapor stated that the government’s efforts to combat galamsey have been greeted with opposition owing to the actions of greedy and unscrupulous nation-wreckers who had been harming the environment for their personal gain.

He stated that, in response to the threat of illicit mining, the government had implemented policies and initiatives under the National Alternative Employment and Livelihood Programme (NAELP) to provide alternative means of income and livelihood to those involved in the problem.

Several young men and women had been employed in the Ashanti, Eastern, and Western North Regions in the production of seedlings and restoration of degraded mined areas, the Minister noted.

He stated that the Programme’s Apprenticeship, Skills Training, and Entrepreneurship module would be implemented later this year, training 5,000 youngsters in agro, technical, vocational, industrial, and mining skills.

As a result, Mr Jinapor praised the UENR for launching numerous unique programmes, including bachelor and graduate programmes in Sustainable Mining, Land Degradation Neutrality, and Sustainable Land Management, all of which aim to promote sustainable mining and environmental protection.

He advocated for an all-hands-on-deck approach to promote sustainable resource extraction practises and converting mined lands into productive agricultural fields, and he urged for increased education on responsible and sustainable mining practises.

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50 church members injured in a four-car collision




50 church members injured in a four-car collision

A collision involving four automobiles injured about 50 members of Resurrection Power New Generation Church in varying degrees.

The collision occurred on the Accra-Kasoa route at Menskrom Weija Junction.

The four vehicles include a Tata bus for Resurrection Power New Generation Church, an old Benz, a KIA Rio taxi, and a police officer’s Toyota Vitz.

According to eyewitnesses, the police officer, travelling from Kasoa tollbooth to Accra, made a wrong turn and crossed the bus, causing the collision.

When the police car arrived at the Weija junction traffic signal, it collided with the church bus, which collided with two additional automobiles parked on the road’s shoulder.

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Some eyewitnesses accused the police officer in the Toyota Vitz of the collision in an interview with Adom News’ Seth Kofi Adjei.

According to eyewitnesses, two church members are believed dead, while several others are gravely hurt.

The bus carried around 80 passengers, including children.

A taxi driver whose automobile was involved in the crash also accused the officer.

The Ghana Fire Service and a police force were on the site to guarantee that traffic flowed freely.

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Rastafarian boy who was nearly turned down by Achimota School may now represent them at NSMQ




Rastafarian boy who was nearly turned down by Achimota School may now represent them at NSMQ

Since a photo of Achimota School’s probable squad for this year’s National Science and Maths Quiz (NSMQ) appeared on Friday, June 2, social media has been buzzing.

Tyrone Marhguy, a young man who was at the centre of a dispute that shocked the education system two years ago, stood out among the kids.

Tyrone was photographed in a social media image portraying Achimota School’s trial session in preparation for the 2023 NSMQ season.

Here’s why this communiqué is noteworthy:

He was one of two students who complained that the school had refused them admittance because their hairdo violated the school’s code of conduct.

The Rastafarian kids filed a lawsuit against the Achimota School Board of Governors, the Minister of Education, the Ghana Education Service, and the Attorney General for refusing to enrol them. Achimota School pressed on them shaving their dreadlocks to conform with school requirements.

A High Court judgement on May 31, 2021, ordered the institution to allow the students.

His classmate, Oheneba Kwaku Nkrabea, on the other hand, received a scholarship to Ghana International School.

Tyrone Marhguy went to Achimota School and sat for his end-of-term test barely hours after enrolling in June 2021, following the court verdict.

Following the newest development, social media users appear to be reeling from the prospect of this story blossoming into a ‘zero-to-hero’ story when the national quiz begins soon.

Tyrone’s involvement with the school’s NSMQ squad is not his first.

He was also sighted with the team last year, which raised fresh discussion over his participation.

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We’ll exploit Archbishop Agyinasare as a scapegoat – Nogokpo leaders




We'll exploit Archbishop Agyinasare as a scapegoat - Nogokpo leaders

The Chiefs and people of Nogokpo, in the Volta Region’s Ketu South Municipality, have threatened to make Archbishop Charles Agyinasare, the founder and head of the Perez Chapel International, a scapegoat if he does not appear at their palace.

During a news conference on Friday, June 2, the chiefs issued a 14-day ultimatum to Archbishop Agyinasare to appear before them to settle a disagreement over certain recent utterances he made.

In an interview with Selorm Adonoo on Eyewitness News, the convener of the community, Nufialaga Mawufemor Korbla Nonyigbey, cautioned, “We have given him a 14-day ultimatum. If he wants to do the needful, he should come. If he doesn’t want to, he should refuse. If he is mature enough, he should do what is needful. If Agyinasare doesn’t do the needful, we will make him a scapegoat.”

The convener of the community stated that the founder and head of the Perez Chapel International’s excuse will not be accepted.

“He has caused serious damage to Voltarians and the people of Nogokpo. His justification doesn’t prove anything to us,” Nufialaga Mawufemor Korbla Nonyigbey fumed.

Nogokpo chiefs slam Christian Council

He lambasted the Christian Council for being quiet about the matter.

“He said things damaging a whole community, and the Christian Council thinks it’s okay with what he said. He should respect the African traditional belief system,” he pointed out.

The convener of the community clarified that the deity in Nogokpo does not scare people away.

“It is not a matter of instilling fear in people. Everyone knows the power of the supreme deity, the thunder deity in Nogokpo. Nogokpo is the god of justice,” he clarified.

On Thursday, May 25, 2023, Archbishop Agyinasare caused a stir during a Supernatural Summit held at the headquarters of Perez Chapel in Accra, when he preached about divine protection and the existence of evil forces, insinuating against Nogokpo, a deity named after a town in the Volta Region.

He said Nogokpo is the demonic headquarters of the Volta Region, which outraged the town’s leaders and residents.

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