The Central Regional House of Chiefs has assured the government of their utmost support and commitment to protect the country’s lands, forest and mining sectors.

The Chiefs said it is in their collective interest to ensure that future generations enjoy the benefits of clean water and an enhanced environment among others.

The President of the Central Regional House of Chiefs, Odeefuo Amoakwa Buabu VIII, gave the assurance when the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abu Jinapor met the House on Monday, September 6, in Cape Coast on the first leg of his two-day tour of the region.

Speaking during the Minister’s visit, Odeefuo Amoako stated that “we the chiefs of the Region recognise government’s efforts at ensuring a sustainable land administration and management in the country through the New Land Act 2020.”

The Chiefs, he said, intend to organize a workshop to sensitize members on the Act to help enhance their contributions towards its implementation.

The Regional House of Chiefs President also commended Mr Jinapor for the honour and respect he accords to Chiefs and the chieftaincy institution in general.

The 23-member Regional House of Chiefs was hopeful that issues tabled before the Minister including the involvement of Chiefs in the issuance of mining licences would be considered.

On his part, Mr Jinapor highlighted the role of Chiefs in the overall development of the country.

He commended them for their cooperation and support towards the government’s policies in reforming the lands and natural resources sector.

The Lands Minister further lauded the Chiefs for actively participating and ensuring the success of the Green Ghana project

He said the government will engage traditional authorities in the issuing of mining licenses to mining companies going forward to ensure the traditional authorities are part of the mineral value chain.

Mr Jinapor called on Chiefs, District Police Commanders, other Regional security chiefs and District chief executives to work in tandem to make the fight against illegal mining successful.

The Minister said the government is not against mining but was fighting the use of illegal methods and practices which deplete the environment and water bodies.