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Ghana: 3,000 Atronso Residents Set to Gain Employment Following Launch of CMS Programme

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Ghana: 3,000 Atronso Residents Set to Gain Employment Following Launch of CMS Programme

About 3,000 residents of Atronso in the Bibiani Anhwiaso Bekwai Municipal Assembly of the Western North Region are in line for employment following the launch of a new Community Mining Scheme (CMS) programme.

The Atronso-Ampenkrom CMS, which would also serve nearby communities, was launched by the Deputy Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, George Mireku Duker, on Friday.

The Scheme is expected to create 2,000 direct jobs and 1,000 indirect jobs for the residents.

Speaking at the launch, Mr Duker said despite the current economic challenges facing the country, the government was focused on creating jobs through a more responsible and sustainable mining model.

The CMS, he explained, was one of the initiatives by the government to sanitize the small-scale mining sector to ensure the country realizes the associated benefits.

“As a government, we are committed to sanitizing the small-scale mining sector so that the enormous benefits it offers the country are achieved.

That is why the government is tightening regulations and introducing initiatives, such as the CMS, to ensure the sector is formalized and well-managed,” Mr Duker stated.

The small-scale mining sector, he explained, was crucial to the development and transformation of the country’s economy, adding that it was currently providing employment to more than one million Ghanaians.

The large-scale mining companies, which have significantly higher investments, however, he said, employed over 30,000 Ghanaians.