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Members of the Ashanti regional chapter of the Small- Scale Miners Association have given government a three-day ultimatum to allow them return to their mining sites or face their wrath.
The association’s chairperson, Frank Osei, who disclosed this at a news conference in Kumasi on Thursday, May 18, said government would have to draw the line between illegal mining and small-scale mining within the time frame.
He said they were dissatisfied with government’s efforts in the fight against illegal mining since it had failed to differentiate between those with the requisite operating licences and those engaging in the illicit activity.
The group is threatening to protest on Tuesday, May 23 if government does not give them the go ahead to return to their concessions.