Government of Ghana Bans Illegal Mining ‘Galamsey’ Activities.2021
The Government of Ghana has banned illegal miners ‘Galamseyers’ from mining in our water bodies, lagoons, and lakes. This was revealed in a press conference by the minister of information Honorable Kojo Oppong Nkrumah. Illegal mining in Ghana is the current problem the government is facing now. The government has vowed to put a stop to illegal mining ‘Galamsey’ in the country.
President Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo Addo has returned 200 soldiers to mining areas where people engage in illegal mining known as “Galampsey”. This action taken by the president is to protect our water bodies, rivers, lakes, and lagoons. In 2017 the president introduced the “Galamstop” Operation which is meant to prevent illegal Miners from Mining in our water bodies, lakes, rivers, and lagoons. This action by president Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo Addo has been described by many people as a good initiative.
Illegal mining “Galampsey” is mostly engaged by Chinese Nationals. Our Rivers, lakes, lagoons, and water bodies are been destroyed by these Chinese nationals who engage in illegal mining. President Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo Addo has deployed 200 soldiers (Operation Vanguard) to the communities and areas where people engage in illegal mining. Due to this illegal mining, there have been Water shortages in some parts of the country, mostly in the capital town Greater Accra.
The Minister for Lands and Natural resources, Honorable Samuel Abu Jinapor has so far toured some of the communities and areas where there are illegal mining activities. Ghana is currently ranked as Africa’s largest producer of gold. In 2017 the president of the republic vowed to end illegal mining popularly known as “Galampsey’. The use of heavy metals such as Mercury and cyanide contaminates our water bodies. So far 200 soldiers have been deployed by the government to protect our water bodies. The Soldiers have destroyed 24 Excavators, 341 Chanfans, 123, water pumping machines,s and other equipment used in mining. This deployment of soldiers to some areas and communities where there is illegal mining is ordered by the president. This is to help the government deal with illegal mining once and for all.
Most of these illegal miners who Mine in our water bodies are at risk of Health Conditions. Legal Mining brings proper development to the country. To be a legal miner in Ghana you need to obtain a license from the minerals commission. Illegal mining in Ghana is an offense. Chiefs in some communities and areas sell the lands to illegal miners.
Here are some of the Mining communities in Ghana; Obuasi, Tarkwa, Damang, Manso Nkran, Kyebi, Bogoso, Prestea, Kenyasi, Akyem, Awaso, Osino, Ayanfuri, Nsuta, and Kwabeng. This operation has led to the arrest of some Ghanaians and Chinese. Minister of Defense, Honorable Dominic Nitiwul held a press conference and warned all illegal miners who return to Mine in our Water bodies, Lagoons and Rivers will be dealt with. Illegal mining in Ghana is blamed on unemployment. Illegal mining pollutes and destroys our water bodies, lakes and lagoons.
Illegal miners destroy our water bodies, lakes, and lagoons, leading to shortages of proper drinking water. There have been reported cases of water bodies in some parts of the country mostly at the capital town Greater Accra and the western region. The use of harmful chemicals such as mercury and cyanides in our water bodies, lakes, and lagoons destroys drinking water.
So far many galamsey communities and areas don’t have proper drinking water. Illegal Miners knew as ‘galamsayers’ are at risk of several health conditions such as bacteria and viral infections. Illegal miners are at risk of diseases such as typhoid, enteritis, silicosis, cold, skin diseases, and respiratory diseases. The government of Ghana is ready to deal with illegal miners.