GGMC admits that there is little it can do to stamp out illegal activities connected to mining – 8th Aor 2012
The GGMC says as it awaits new regulations, there is absolutely nothing it can do if persons applying for mining licences are connected to other illegal activities. This disclosure was made by legal officer of the GGMC, Rosemary Benjamin-Noble, at a press briefing to discuss developments in the Mining sector.
The issue that was raised had to do with the lottery of mining permits set to happen shortly. The situation with the Marudi miners who were beaten was also addressed with the legal officer saying, that they are still building a case and will be charging persons when a case is made out.
Minister of Natural Resources, Robert Persaud said that the upcoming lottery must not be seen as a reward for illegal activities and said his Ministry continues to urge adherence to all the regulations governing the sector.
The meeting was also attended by President of the GGDMA, Patrick Harding, who shared concerns his association has.