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  • Prof. Frimpong-Boateng further emphasised that it was illegal to dredge, mine in rivers or use chemicals in water bodies for minerals.

    The Minister of Environment, Science,Technology and Innovation, Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, has inaugurated a “Galamstop” Taskforce to protect the Birim River and its tributaries in the Eastern Region from pollution.

  • The Vice-President, Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has stated that a number of key national institutions are currently working together to deal with the menace of illegal mining (galamsey). “The whole country will soon see a massive change in this direction,” he assured the nation.

  • President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has stressed that the laws of Ghana indicate that citizens and not foreigners are the only ones allowed to engage in small scale mining.

  • President Akufo-Addo, has reiterated his commitment to banishing the spectre of galamsey, describing his commitment as “resolute and immutable”.

  • Everyone talks about how corrupt the police are. But we do not hear of anything being done about it. So the public continues ...

    As soon as it was reported that some of the anti-galamsey functions of “Operation Vanguard” were to be transferred to the Ghana Police, someone wrote to comment on the Internet: “From the frying pan into the fire!”

  • “When the ban is lifted, you will have a responsibility, as was successfully discharged in the days of our forefathers, to continue to help preserve our lands, water bodies and environment,” the President said.

    Government will soon put out a statement setting out a comprehensive roadmap, including the lifting of the ban on small-scale mining, to deal with, on a permanent basis, the grave threat of galamsey to the present and future health of Ghana.

  • The Amansie West District Assembly has arrest of 42 illegal miners on River Offin at Manso Asaman and Essienkyim in the Ashanti Region on the eve of and on Christmas Day.

  • The Eastern Regional Police Command has arrested 10 people, including seven Chinese nationals, for allegedly carrying out illegal mining at Denkyira, a village near Nkawkaw in the Eastern Region.

  • They are to be processed and sent to the Immigration headquarters in Accra for further action.

    Seven Chinese nationals involved in illegal mining in Ghana have been arrested by the monitoring team of the Inter- Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM).

  • According to him, “It is noted that since the commencement of the operation, the troops have destroyed a good deal of equipment including nine excavators, 127 changfans-machine platforms associated with mining equipment and one fuel pump.”

    Unlike previous attempts to flush out illegal miners from Ghana’s water bodies and forest reserves, the government has announced that all equipment that will be seized under a new effort to end ‘galamsey’ will be destroyed on-site.

  • ... one can only wonder how as a nation we can expect these children to aspire for social mobility when by default we are conspiring to tie their arms behind their back.

    “Maybe it’s a whole lot less about focusing on the fact that we’re all victims and a whole lot more about the changing the fact that we’re all careless, as that is what victimized all of us in the first place.”

  • Additionally, he warned that the new reforms placed a ban on the fabrication, transportation and use of dredging equipment for use in water bodies, ...

    After almost two years of efforts to regularise and streamline activities of the small-scale mining sector, the ban on small-scale mining has been lifted for mining companies that have been successfully vetted and their concessions validated by the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM).

  • Written by Nana Dwomoh Sarpong - In artisanal gold mining, gold is extracted mainly from alluvial deposits along rivers, waterways and terrestrial soils. Gold is then processed by crushing and grinding of the gold-bearing ore. The gold is extracted from the concentrate by adding Hg to form gold-amalgam which is normally roasted in open air to obtain “raw gold”. The elemental Hg evaporates into the air and is subsequently deposited onto land and surface waters, after undergoing oxidation to ionic Hg (Hg2+) through reactions mediated by ozone, solar energy and water vapour.

  • In December of 2016, 101 East travelled into Ghana's tropical rainforest where 30,000 Chinese miners hunt for gold.

  • On Tuesday, a Tanzanian court found Yang Feng Glan, 70, guilty of smuggling 860 elephant tusks that authorities say are worth $6.45 million.

    A Chinese woman, nicknamed the 'Queen of Ivory' and thought to be one of Africa's most notorious traffickers, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison, Tanzanian authorities told CNN.

  • A Professor of the Institute of West Asian and African Studies (IWAAS), Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, He Wenping, has suggested joint coverage on illegal mining in Ghana by Ghanaian and Chinese media.

  • “The pits, which appeared to continue deep into the farm, were indicative of galamsey operations on the farm and that prompted the decision to stop to inspect that farm.

    The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD), Mr Joseph Boahen Aidoo, has expressed concern over the wanton destruction of cocoa farms by illegal miners at Osino in the Fanteakwa South District in the Eastern Region.

  • The countries along Congo’s eastern border have long been conduits for gold worth billions of dollars mined using rudimentary means by so-called “artisanal” miners.

    Gold production in Democratic Republic of Congo continues to be systematically underreported while tonnes of the precious metal is smuggled into global supply chains through its eastern neighbours, a United Nations report has found.

  • Written By Justice Mingle -  A lot of heat has been generated following an attempt by Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo Marfo to explain the rational for the deportation of alleged Chinese illegal miner Aisha Huang. Aisha was put before court for engaging in the illegal mining but the Attorney General filled a nolle prosequi and led to her deportation from the country. A participant in a recent town hall meeting in the United States wanted to know the government’s justification for letting go a woman caught for her involvement in illegal mining. Responding to the question, the Senior Minister said Ghana has great diplomatic relationship with China and intends to partner that country in key infrastructural projects citing the two billion Sinohydro deal. According to Mr. Osafo Marfo, putting that woman in jail is not going to solve Ghana’s economic problems. This statement offended some Ghanaians prompting calls for the resignation of the Senior Minister.

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