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Minerals bill to empower small scale miners in Uganda - Mr Lokeris

Mining News - Published on Mon, 24 Sep 2018

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New Vision cited Mr Peter Lokeris, State Minister for minerals, as saying that the act will also ensure environmental protection for small scale miners. The minerals bill which is to be introduced by the government once passed into act will ensure establishment of mining, occupational health and safety measures, state minister for minerals. He said that the act will also ensure environmental protection for small scale miners as well as organising them into groups to optmise their contributions to the country’s growth through sustainable exploitation of minerals. Mr Lokeris said that “The government is now reviewing the Mining Act 2003 and once the Mining and Minerals Bill 2018 is passed into Act, various mining regulations will be established under it to standardise the minerals sector. I therefore assure you that the government is working to ensure sustainable extraction of minerals in Uganda.’

Mr Lokeris said under mining regulations strengthening, the government through the Mineral Protection Unit Police will soon ensure registration of miners, formalisation of artisanal small scale miners and zoning of mining areas among others.

The Mining industry presents plenty of opportunities for Uganda but is also faced with a number of challenges such as limited awareness to occupational health safety, none compliance to environmental legislation and poor mining waste management.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Mon, 24 Sep 2018
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