16 May ILLEGAL MINING; A Race against Time [ May 2017]
The warning by the Ghana Water Company that Ghana risks importing water in the next ten to twenty years unless illegal mining activities (popularly known as “galamsey”) are stopped, has rekindled the fight against illegal mining. There is a disturbing trend: reports indicate that illegal miners have taken over the country’s rivers, causing extensive pollution of water bodies and vegetation.
The effects of illegal mining has even taken an international dimension as there are reports that the activities of illegal miners in Ghana is posing a threat to the quality of water in neighbouring Cote d’Ivoire.
Despite efforts by governments over the years to clamp down on illegal mining, campaigns have lost steam along the way. The new government however comes with a renewed appetite to fight this menace. The public, media, civil society and state agencies are being pressed to champion the cause. As part of the Government’s efforts to deal with this menace, the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources issued a three-week ultimatum to all illegal miners in the country to halt their activities or face the wrath of the government.
An eight-member inter-ministerial committee has been set up to implement measures to stop the activities of illegal miners. The Chief Justice has designated seven High Courts and seven Circuit Courts in eight regions to deal with all mining offences.
Although these efforts can be described as laudable, there is more to this conundrum than meets the eye. Subscribe HERE for FREE to Read More…..