The Ashanti Region branch of the Ghana National Association of Small Scale Miners (GNASSM) says its intended demonstration against government on Tuesday, May 23 has been postponed to June 7.
“Our decision comes on the back of fallouts from a meeting with the Honourable Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, John Peter Amewu on Friday, May 20, 2017 at Georgia Hotel in Kumasi,” a statement signed by Michael Kwadwo Peprah, the Region’s Secretary, said.
www.3news.com had hinted of a reversal of the Association’s decision after the meeting with the Lands and Natural Resources Minister in Kumasi.
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The Association has agreed to use dialogue to resolve the issue.
They are demanding a reduction in the moratorium period of six months slapped on small-scale mining by government.
They want it reduced to three months.
The overlord of the Ashanti Kingdom, Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, over the weekend ordered all miners to heed to the ban order from government.
“All our members are hereby informed to remain calm and cooperate with us and that, our peaceful demonstration has been rescheduled for June 7, 2017, pending the outcome of our subsequent meetings with the sector minister.”
The Ashanti Regional Police Command has consequently been informed about the change in plans as regards the demonstration.
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