Government launches alternative livelihood program, 1,000 Akoon residents become first beneficiaries
Some 1,000 people from the Akoon community in Tarkwa-Nsuaem municipality in the Western region are expected to become the primary beneficiaries of the government’s national employment and alternative livelihood program in the mining sector.
This was after the Deputy Minister of Lands and Natural Resources in charge of mining George Mireku Duker successfully undertook the rollout of the program on Friday, November 5, 2021.
The program, which aims to provide alternative sources of income to communities affected by the crackdown on illegal mining, will see the government supporting affected communities in the areas of responsible mining, agriculture, reforestation, l agro-industry, among others.
The deputy minister, in his address at the ceremony, urged residents to have faith in Akufo-Addo’s commitment to create employment opportunities in the small-scale mining sector.
Highlighting the tremendous impact of the program, George Mireku Duker revealed that more than 5,000 people in Akoon Township and surrounding areas will directly and indirectly benefit from the project.
He mentioned that the government, through the creation of a committee, will keep an eye on minors to ensure that their activities comply with the precepts of the law.
He explained that the community mining project places the interest of the communities at its peak and guarantees them better profits than any other actor.
âToday begins the operation of the community mining project and I could not be happier. This project will directly benefit at least 1,000 people.
The impact this will have is enormous. We are looking for no less than 5,000 people. The community mining business is owned by the people of Tarkwa and not everyone. Minors will also benefit from 60% support.
âWe have formed an operational committee that will make sure everything runs smoothly here. This committee will report to the government and to a well-constituted committee, âhe said.
Western regional minister Kwabena Okyere Darko Mensah said he urged miners to comply with rules governing community mining in the country.
He called on the population to welcome the project which, according to him, was defended by George Mireku Duker.
The event also served as a platform for the launch of the Community Mining Operational Manual which is a hallmark of NALEP.
The manual provides in detail all the relevant information about the new community mining exercise. It will serve as a guide for all community mining activities in the country.
The event brought together traditional leaders from different communities in the municipality, executives from the Western regional branch of the New Patriotic Party, among others.