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United Nations Coordinator in Ghana, Christine Evans-Klock, has commended the Government’s efforts to improve the regulation of small-scale mining and end galamsey.

The move is to protect legitimate livelihoods in the mining sector and to bring to justice to those who abuse the environment.

In a statement to mark World Environment Day, Madam Evans-Knocked, therefore, urged civil society, religious representatives, school authorities and traditional rulers to play their important roles in advocacy, action and accountability to towards achieving sustainable results.

Kwasi Agyemang Busia, DVLA CEO

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) has revealed new driver's licence expected to come into force from July 18 will cost more to obtain.

The DVLA says although it is yet to fix the price for the new licence, the existing charges will not quite cover the cost of producing the upgraded ones.

Defence Minister, Dominic Nitiwul

The government has compulsorily taken over the piece of land which has been noted to be the cause of a bloody conflict between the people of Alavanyo and Nkonya in the Volta Region.

According to the Defence Minister, Dominic Nitiwul, the government has acquired the disputed Nkonya and Alavanyo land for the establishment of a military training camp.

He said the move is to ensure that no side has access to the land and a reason to fight over it.

Chief Justice Georgina Woode

Ghana’s formal Chief Justice Georgina Theodora Wood has been appointed by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo as a member of the Council of State.

This appointment is in accordance with Article 89(2)(a)(i) which mandates the President to nominate a former Chief Justice as a member of the advisory body.

The Speaker of Parliament, Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye, on Thursday, 8 June read a communication from the Presidency to that effect.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo has pledged to continue the fight against illegal mining in Ghana, popularly known as galamsey.

A six-months ban on all forms of small-scale mining has been imposed as part of efforts to streamline the system and get rid of illegal mining with its degrading effects on the environment.

Speaking in Belgium at meeting with the Ghanaian community on Tuesday ahead of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals meeting, President Akufo-Addo said the fight should not be misconstrued as anti-mining, but a move to preserve the natural resources of the nation.

A lecturer at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Cape Coast, Dr. Kingsley Adjei, says Ghanaians have misconstrued the freedoms accorded them by the constitution, especially the freedom of assembly and association.

He explains, many Ghanaians have misinterpreted these liberties and attributes this misunderstanding to the dynamism of the Ghanaian society which is gradually drifting towards individualism leaving behind the extended family practice of collective responsibility.

Speaking in an interaction on ATL FM on Monday in reaction to the increasing trend of violence and riots in the country, he disagreed with opinions that suggest Ghanaians have lost love and unity to hatred and division.

Gold output jumped 45 percent in 2016 compared to the previous year as new projects came online and activities expanded across the industry, the Ghana Chamber of Mines said in a report on Friday.

Total gold output from Ghana, Africa's second largest producer, was 4.1 million ounces, the highest level in nearly 40 years, up from 2.8 million ounces in 2015, the report stated.

Canada's Asanko Gold, which launched its operations in Ghana late 2015, produced 162,802 ounces of gold last year while US-based Newmont Gold and Anglogold Ashanti's Iduapriem mine recorded increases in output.

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