Hon. George Mireku Duker, the Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources in charge of Mines has assured the National Alternative Employment and Livelihood Programme (NAELP) of the support of the Ministry to the execution of their duties.
Hon.Duker said this during an engagement with the management and staff of NAELP on Tuesday, December 20, 2022. He added that the importance of the program in the fight against illegal mining cannot be overemphasized.
He said that the objective of NAELP is to provide a livelihood outlet for persons who hitherto engaged in illegal mining.
“I can assure you that the ministry recognizes your important role in the fight against illegal mining and will give you the needed support”, he said.
Hon. Mireku Duker advised the management to come up with an exhaustive and forward-looking work plan for the coming year.
He said 2023 will be a “rigorous year” with the ministry taking the fight against illegal mining a notch higher. It is therefore important that all agencies who are connected to the fight step up their activities.
The Deputy Lands Minister also encouraged NAELP to document their activities and make Ghanaians aware of the Agency’s projects through video documentary.
He admonished them to keep Ghanaians abreast of the various interventions and work done by NAELP towards the galamsey fight.
The National coordinator of NAELP, Dr Carol Donkor, commended Hon. Duker for taking the step to visit their offices and keeping abreast of their activities.
She said that NAELP has a detailed work plan and would continue to work with the Ministry to achieve the stated objectives of the program.