Govt to ramp up enforcement of anti-galamsey measures – Abu Jinapor

The Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abu Jinapor has served notice that in the coming weeks, he is going to announced a decision by the government to to increase the level of enforcement of the measures against illegal small scale mining (Galamsey) in the country.

Mr Jinapor said this has been a preoccupation for his Ministry over the past two weeks.

He explained that the fight against galamsey is not the function of the Ministry alone, rather , he said, it is a collective duty of all citizens.

“We are going to ramp up the enforcement measures. This has been occupying all my time in the past week or two” the Damongo lawmaker said.

“In the weeks to come, the Ghanaian people will see that the enforcement measures are going to be ramped up. I need to stress that it cannot be the responsibility of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, alone, it is going to be our collective responsibility,” he further said on Joy FM’s Newsfile Saturday September 17.

The Director of Finance for the Ghana National Association of Small Scale Miners,  Francis Opoku has said members of his association do not destroy water bodies.

He explained that they need clean water to wash the minerals therefore, they cannot be the ones destroying the water bodies.

Opoku explained that the Galamseyers are the ones mostly seen mining in rivers thereby, destroying the water.

Speaking on the Key Points on TV3 Saturday September 17, he said these galamseyers are mostly from “Benin, Togo, they have the expertise to swim.”

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“A lot of these people are not Ghanaians in the first place,” he stressed.

Tamale North Member of Parliament, Alhassan Suhuyini also said the Akufo-Addo administration is not committed to the fight against illegal small scale mining (Galamsey).

He said the government has only been engaged in rhetoric when it comes to fighting the menace.

Speaking also on the Key Points,  he explained that it was the Media Coalition against illegal small scale mining which is made up of some journalists, who took it upon themselves to highlight the dangers of galamsey and the need for it to stop.

It was only after this that the government started initiating some moves to deal with the situation.

‘The government was not really committed to the fight against galamsey,” Suhuyini stressed.

He added “They have only engaged in rhetoric and waste of money money.”

The government has been trying to deal with the activities of these miners.

A taskforce has been set up to that effect.

By Laud Nartey||Ghana