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General News of Monday, 3 April 2017

Source: citifmonline.com

Government formulating policy against galamsey – Nana Addo

Government is formulating a policy to curb illegal mining also known as galamsey, which is gradually having debilitating effect on the country. This revelation was made by the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo during his tour in the Ashanti Region over the weekend.

Responding to questions from the media during his tour, the President explained that the policy document “is going to be with the objective of dealing with this phenomenon, ones and for all.”

My simple answer is that all of us agree that it’s a major menace to the future of our country. But there is a one of some complexity. You see how widespread it is, the forces and interest involved in the whole galamsey tsunami.

“I don’t think we are going to be able to deal with the effect of it by piecemeal methods; we need a comprehensive policy which may even involve legislation to deal with it. And that is what my government is working on right now.

Sooner rather than later, that policy will be outdoored and you will have an opportunity to examine its effectiveness,” Akufo-Addo added.

Galamsey menace

President’s assurance comes on the back of intense pressure on government to deal with the galamsey menace.
Currently, some water treatment plants have been shut down over activities of illegal miners, which have rendered water bodies from which the plants harvest water for processing useless.

Watchers of the sector have further lamented that if such activities are not stopped, Ghana may soon be importing water from neighboring countries.
The galamsey menace has also led to the destruction of many farmlands, which serve as livelihood for a number of families.

Citi FM launches #StopGalamseyNow campaign

Citi FM on Monday launched a campaign against galamsey in the country.
Dubbed #StopGalamseyNow, the campaign makes five clear demands of government to clamp down on the menace which is destroying the county’s land and water resources, and may see Ghana resorting to the importation of clean water in the next two decades.

The demands include:

The total cessation of all small and medium scale mining for a period of six months

The cessation of the issuance of new mining licences for a year

The reclassification of mining categories to reflect the use of new/larger equipment

The allowance of water bodies to regenerate their natural ecology

Tree planting and a land reclamation project