Monday, 17 June

Mahama to use AI to fight galamsey

John Dramani Mahama

Former President John Mahama has said his next government, should he win the 2024 presidential election, will use artificial intelligence to fight galamsey.

Speaking as the guest of honour at the 3rd Annual Transformational Dialogue on Small-scale Mining at the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) in Sunyani, Mr Mahama, who is the flagbearer of the main opposition National Democratic Congress said his next government will use “AI to locate all small-scale mining and galamsey operations, track excavators, and geofence all concessions”.

Also, he said: “A special revolving fund will be established with the private sector to provide capital and a mining equipment pool in each district where gold mining is prevalent."

"This will facilitate easy and affordable access to relevant mining equipment," added Mr Mahama.

“To support all these brilliant initiatives and ensure that we are implementing them as best as possible, I have announced the launch of a Ghana Mining Excellence Centre (GMEC), to be run initially for five years and which will be coordinated by UENR and UMaT", he said.

“As I have envisioned it, the Centre will collaborate with scientists from other universities worldwide to implement joint research and innovation projects that will simulate green growth within the Ghanaian mining and minerals industry.”