In a bid to reduce the increasing wave of illicit mining activities across Liberia, The Ministry of Mines and energy has instituted series of drastic measures to help save guard the sector.
Addressing a news conference Monday in Monrovia Mines and Energy Minister Gesler Murray announced the immediate ban on the usage of dredges on all water bodies for the mining of gold and diamond across Liberia.
The measures also include the training program for mining agents and mineral inspectors which he added has been approved and roll out.
Minister Murray moreover disclosed a plan moratorium on the issuance of new class (c) mining licenses which will come into force swing soon.
He acknowledged that the illegal operations in the sector by some unknown individuals is creating economic losses for the government and needs to be arrested now.
Speaking to reporters at his Capitol Hill office,Mr. Murray pointed out that the new measures which will be a collaborative effort from other relevant Government Line Ministries agencies will also see a ban on the use of mercury to recover gold, this he indicated will be robustly reinforced as violators will be severely prosecuted in keeping with the law.
He disclosed further that the training of Smart Techniques by the institution for local miners has commenced around national park including protected areas noting that such will be replicated across Liberia for the purpose of land reclamation.
The new measures also warned all field personnel at the Ministry of Mines and Energy not to collect any fees in the execution of their duties.
Additionally, he stressed that the Ministry in collaboration with the National Identification Registry has begun issuing bio metric ASM ID Cards to all mining actors, calling on every mining actor to obtain their ASM ID CARD respectively.
He encouraged all legitimate miners and citizens of prevalent areas and activities to report cases of such as violators will be prosecuted.
In a related development the Mines and Energy Minister said he welcomes the re-visitation of mining agreements across Liberia for the improvement of people in mining areas of the Country.
He said it is unfair and unacceptable for people living in mining areas not to benefit from their natural resources something he added will be addressed gradually.
The new measures by national government through the Ministry of Mines and Energy if well enforced will help government hugely generate more revenue as well as protect the sector where occupants in the mining areas will also benefit to the core.