Ghana: Illegal miners abandon sites following three-week ultimatum

APA-Accra (Ghana)

Reports reaching the African Press Agency (APA) bureau in Accra indicates that some illegal miners operating in some parts of the country have started abandoning their sites following a three-week ultimatum from government.

The miners, who engage in illegal mining, popularly called 'galamsey', have already began relocating heavy earth moving equipment from their sites of operation to open spaces, in a bid to avoid being arrested by the police for indulging in illegal activities.

The ultimatum was given to them by the Minister of Land and Mineral Resources, Mr. Peter Amewu, gave the ultimatum and assured that the state would not countenance any person or group of persons who would be caught in the business after the ultimatum.

The Daily Graphic reports that about 545 excavator machines have been moved from illegal mining sites while 1,148 dredging machines out of 2,300 have been removed from site to plain places.

The revelation has come after a tour of the various sites by the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources.

Mr. Peter Amewu, speaking to journalists, said the withdrawn excavators would be re-registered while tracking devices would be installed on them to prevent the owners from taking them back to the sites.

APA further learns that while the government and stakeholders are making all efforts to clamp down on the activities of illegal miners, some of the benefactors

The menace of 'galamsey' in Ghana has become a very thorny issue, with environmental conscious organisations predicting that Ghana could face water crisis in 20 years, if the canker was to continue without a check.


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