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20,000 Young People Employed To Help Restore Degraded Lands - President

President Nana Akufo-Addo has said some twenty thousand (20,000) young people have been employed to help restore degraded lands through illegal mining popularly known as Galamsey.

He said so far, they have planted trees covering an area of one hundred and ninety thousand (190,000) hectares as ban on illegal mining continues.

Speaking at the 2nd Africa Climate Chance Summit held at the Accra International Conference Centre, the president said Major policy interventions such as the programme for “Planting for Food and Jobs”, “One District, One Factory”, “One Village, One Dam”, have been implemented not only to boost agricultural production, industrialization, and rural development, but also to build our resilience to the impacts of climate change.

The reclamation process will involve the removal of poisonous substances from the soil, dredging of water bodies and, where possible, removal of pollutants to make the land useful again.

The government imposed the ban on small-scale mining as part of a frontal attack on the activity in line with President Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo's promised to sanitize the sector at his inauguration as President.

Small-scale miners, some of whom are foreign nationals, flout environmental rules and use dangerous chemicals like mercury to mine, polluting freshwater bodies that support ecology or serve as strategic sources of drinking water.

The ban was scheduled for lifting in October 2017 but it was extended.

Source: Kofi Atakkora/

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