Small Scale Miners appeal to Diplomats to grant them Refugee status

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A group calling itself Gold Coast Small Scale Miners (GCSSM) is appealing to all Diplomatic Missions in Ghana to consider the current devastating predicament of small scale miners and offer them asylum opportunity as an immediate intervention to save their lives.

Leader of the group, Rooney Osei Bempah, who made the revelation to the press indicated that small scale miners in Ghana need life support policies to be able to move forward into the future due to the ban on small scale mining by the Akufo-Addo led New Patriotic Party (NPP) government.

According to him, the continuous extension of the ban coupled with the inconsistencies in the road map has rendered them hopeless with a bleak future.

Some of the challenges facing members of small scale mining enumerated consists of; huge attracted interest on loans resulting in arrest and court actions, selling of equipments and properties at cheap price to make ends meet, creditors especially fuel station owners hunting and chasing them out of their homes and inability to shoulder domestic responsibilities leading to broken marriages and children dropping out of school, are all genuine reasons for such calls to the diplomatic missions.

He also suggested to government to create camps like the Liberian Refugee Camp at Gomoa Buduburam in the Central region where most of the members who find it difficult to provide even food could wake up every day and join the queue for their morning porridge and evening ration.

The call on the lift of the ban on small scale mining seems to attract the attention of several individuals and organizations nowadays.

Though government has come out to give some assurances, some of the small scale miners still have doubts.

An international organization -PACT, and the US Ambassador to Ghana, Robert Jackson, have added their voices to the need for the ban to be lifted, lamenting its effects on the socio- economic aspects of Ghana.

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