Artisanal miners in Turkana have been sensitized on compliance courtesy of a collaboration between the County Government and the Centre for Environment, Justice and Development.
The forum brought about stakeholders in the mining sector, with an aim to facilitate structured engagements centred on the importance of artisanal mining and county trading permits
The Regional Mining Officer Nahashon Cheboi stressed the need for the application of licenses, saying they are essential in reforming the mining sector.
“The mineral dealers, the trading and the processing licenses provide the legal platform that aims to enhance the protection of environment and sustainability of mines through self-regulation,” Cheboi said.
In his remarks, the Director for Mineral Resources, Stanley Loter, warned of the dangers of using chemicals such as mercury and cyanide in extraction, which he said, are hazardous to both humans and livestock.
He reiterated the need for engagement of artisanal miners in public participation on budgetary processes, which he said, is key in the increment of financial allocation in the mining sector.
“We are also looking into the establishment of a modern gemstone centre which will include a geo-laboratory and a lapidary centre. This will not only bring value addition but will flourish the mining sector through attracting investors.” Director revealed.
Stakeholders who participated in the forum were representatives from, the County Government, SOLIDARIDAD, the County Artisanal Miners Association (TCAM), and Turkana County Artisanal Miners Committee (TCAMC).