The Minister for Lands and Natural Resources has called on the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Execitives (MMDCEs) to take active interest in the fight against the illegal activities destroying Ghana’s environment.
Speaking to the MMDCEs in the Western Region on his two-day tour to that part of the country, Mr. Jinapor noted that they are the “heartbeat” of the efforts the government makes in the law enforcement framework.
The minister, urging them to get involved in bringing sanity to the sector said: “if you will stand up to ensure that the laws of the country are respected and enforced, I believe that 80 to 90 percent of the work would have been done.
“And it’s even more particular when it comes to the sector of lands and natural resources especially when it comes to mining, because it is community based which is why whatever permit granted in Accra, the holder of the mineral right will still have to come to the community in order to be able to execute the license and derive the economic advantage out of it.”
The minister also noted that interventions have been put in place to ensure that sainty prevails in the sector.
“We are at the crossroads. The interventions which are reasonably required to ensure that we sanitize the sector of lands and natural resources particularly the mining sector have been put in place,” he said.