Government has commissioned 200 police officers to provide security for large-scale mining companies across the country.
The officers deployed yesterday, Wednesday, May 5, were taken through a 10-day redeployment training program on courses such as mineral law, voluntary principles, human rights, officer safety, weapon handling, use of minimum force and many others.
The Deputy minister designate for Lands and Natural Resources, George Mireku Duker, who delivered the keynote address on behalf of the sector minister, underscored the importance of the event, adding that, government is determined to build in Ghana, ”a viable and sustainable mining industry to mutually benefit the state and the investment community”.
He commended the five-member committee inaugurated by Samuel Abu Jinapor to oversee the provision of security for the mines and also urge them to continue their good work to ensure sustainability.
Speaking on behalf of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Supt. Henry Mensah admonished the officers to exhibit professionalism at all levels and not to condone and connive in illegalities.
On his part, the CEO of the Ghana Chamber Of Mines, Mr Sulemana Koney, expressed the chamber’s appreciation to the government for agreeing to provide security for mining companies.
He explained that, the mining industry continues to foster the economy and the minerals resources are held in trust by the President for the people.
He further assured the trainees that, ”you have the backing of the Chamber of Mines while on duty at the mine”.
The 10-day special training for the 200 police officers, drawn from all 16 regions of the country, took place from the 24th of April to the 5th of May 2021.