The mining sector employed 11,899 people majority of whom are Ghanaians in 2019 compared to 10,109 in 2018 the Chamber of Mines has said in its annual report today, Friday, 29 May 2020.
The 18 per cent growth in employment was primarily due to additional recruitments at Newmont’s Ahafo Mine, Asanko Gold Ghana Ltd, Golden Star Wassa Ltd and the redeveloped AngloGold Ashanti Obuasi Mine.
Only 1.2 per cent of the direct mine employees are expatriates.
“Let me state emphatically that gone are the days when expatriates occupied all the key management roles on mine sites. Today, highly skilled Ghanaian mining professionals are occupying key positions at all levels of our industry, much to the satisfaction of our now actively discerning investors and stakeholders,” President of the Chamber, Eric Asubonteng said.
“Interestingly, Ghanaian mining professionals are in high demand on the global market, as many of our colleagues have taken up management roles as expatriates, in both developed and emerging mining destinations across the globe,” he added.
He noted that there is a need for the state to pay particular attention to the small-scale mining sector as it has the potential to create more jobs for Ghanaians.
“We are all aware that thousands of our brothers and sisters are engaged in illegal mining financed by persons who are able to afford heavy machinery that are posing a major risk to our environment. If properly structured, small-scale mining could create many more decent jobs for the teeming youth of our dear nation, who would have the added benefits of pension contribution and plan for their future. It also has the potential to open up a pool of revenue generation streams for the state, if modelled in a worker-friendly manner,” Mr Asubonteng stressed.