The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) has enrolled 500 persons who were engaged in illegal mining in vocational and technical training institutions. The beneficiaries, who are from mining communities in Kyebi and Aduasa in the Birim South District of the Eastern Region, are pursuing a one-year intensive programme in building and construction, electrical and automobile engineering, catering, dressmaking, interior decoration, among others.
The exercise is under the government’s Livelihood Empowerment Programme (LEP) aimed at stemming illegal mining in the country by providing alternative employment and income generation opportunities for the beneficiaries. They form part of 5,000 illegal miners identified in communities affected by the recent ban on small-scale mining.
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