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Small-Scale Mining in the East Akim Municipality: A "Resource Curse" in Disguise?

Journal: International Journal of Scientific Engineering and Research (IJSER) (Vol.8, No. 12)

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Page : 4-11

Keywords : Mineral; resources; small-scale; mining; land; reclamation; curse;

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Mineral resource deposits abound in the East Akim Municipality, and mining in the area is dominated by small-scale mining. This study examined the socio-economic menace that small-scale mining has bequeathed to individuals and catchment communities in the East Akim Municipality. The concurrent nested mixed method design was adopted for the study. A total of 260 respondents comprising 50 miners, 200 non-miners and 10 opinion leaders were sampled through systematic and purposive sampling techniques from four communities, namely; Kibi, Apapam, Adadientem and Ahwenease in the East Akim Municipality. Systematic sampling was used for sampling respondents from households in the communities for survey. A three-point Likert-scale questionnaire of Cronbach?s alpha coefficient ( ) of 0.76 was used for the survey while semi-structured interview guide was employed for interview. This study concludes that small-scale mining is both a blessing and curse to the East Akim Municipality, but the negative repercussions are a heavy burden for individuals, households and catchment communities.

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