Artisanal and Small Scale Mining Crucial for Kenya to Realize Mining Dream – CS John Munyes
Monday, November 12, 2018
Kitui Governor’s Press
By Barrack Muli
Nairobi The National CS for Mining and Petroleum John Munyes today said mineral extraction in the country is set to rise through increased use of artisanal and small scale miners.
Speaking in Nairobi when he officially opened the Kenya Mining Forum, the CS said the government is focusing on making available the necessary knowledge and technological resources to increase productivity coupled with provision of fair labour standards at the workplaces.
He said artisanal mining- if well supported- would play a key role in supplementing industrial mining thus contributing hugely to the national Big 4 development agenda.
“It is imperative to accord both artisanal and small scale miners respect, necessary support and an enabling environment. The sector represents an important livelihood and income for many families in rural areas of Kenya” He said.
Citing the case of Kitui at the conference that attracted international mining companies, Munyes lauded Governor Charity Ngilu for the latest developments and interest in the sector whose potential remains untapped in many parts of the country for many years.