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A newly sworn in executives of the Ghana National Association of Small Scale Miners (GNASSM) have vowed to increase their fight against illegal mining in order to totally eradicate them from the system.

The Ghana National Association of Small Scale Miners (GNASSM) in their commitment to effectively change the fortune of the Association has sworn in its newly elected national executives in Kumasi.

At the swearing in of Philip Kwasi Akuffo ( President), Sampson Kofi Wiredu (Vice President), Goodwin Nickleson Armah (General Secretary), Alhaji Baba Ahmed ( National Organizer), Razak Abdul Alhassan ( Director of Communication), Janet Esi Kusi (National Treasurer), Francis Opoku ( National Director of Finance), Joseph Blankson Aidoo ( Technical Director) and Victoria Adobea Guerrieri ( National Women Coordinator) for a four year term, the new executives vowed to heavily descend on the activities of illegal miners whose illegalities negatively affects the association.

They therefore pleaded with the government to as a matter of urgency help in the acquisition of machinery like excavators washing machines etc and funds for members as well as supporting their taskforce to fight the illegal mining menace.

A Supervising High Court judge in Kumasi, Justice Kofi Akowuah after conducting the swearing in reminded the Association to be guided by their contribution to national development and do everything possible towards responsible and sustainable mining to protect the industry.

Philip Akuffo, the elected National President pleaded with the executives and all members to make unity a priority since that's the only way to realize their dreams and again called on every small scale miner to join the association.

He however commended the predecessors for their efforts and disclosed that, the Association will employ the use of modern technology in mining and help ease the burden in license acquisition.

He vowed to use the constitutional structures in the Association and initiate strong links with affiliate institutions going forward.

"I entreat all members to come together so that we assist government to fight illegal mining. Efforts have been put to eradicate most of them though but there is much more to be done"
"We also plead with government to give us all the needed backing to keep up and sustain our resolve in this direction", he opined.

Gideon PEPRAH / SilverNEWS / SilverFM 

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