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illegal mining in Ghana

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • ... 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).

  • Zambia has detained 31 Chinese nationals for illegal mining in the African country's copper belt but has failed to provide strong proof of their crimes, a senior Chinese diplomat said as he lodged a complaint.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • I wade into the "galamsey" menace with a different argument and perspective.

  • Under the use of command and control laws, forest guards for instance, are mandated by law to shoot and kill anyone who enters the forest unlawfully. But the questions we ask are, has the use of forest guards stopped the extent of deforestation in our country? Again, has the use of land guards stopped the massive land degradation and various land encroachment we witness in this country?

  • The leadership of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) has called on Ghanaians and the leadership of the country to collectively use this year’s Easter celebration to deliberate on how to collectively work together to address the issue of illegal mining (galamsey) which is fast destroying water bodies and other resources in the country.

  • A villager once told a colleague “if you want to stop illegal logging, you will need a “One soldier, One tree” project. This is expected given the livelihood ties to illegality in the country.

    Written By Eric Mensah Kumeh - Spectator citizenry is why nations fail. Nevertheless, citizens cannot engage in governance without access to credible and timely information. However, access to reliable information remains a challenge in Ghana due to political verbiage.

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