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General News of Friday, 21 April 2017


Invest to strengthen our institutions in the fight against galamsey - Government urged

The three weeks ultimatum given illegal miners popularly known as galamsey operators to quite the activities since it has been one of the dangers that the country is facing now destroying our water bodies that serve several communities and frontiers cum farm lands by the Lands and Natural Resources Minister, John Peter Amewu ended yesterday April 20, 201.

To some, the end of the ultimatum and ongoing of the exercise sends a strong signal that the campaign to end galamsey does not seem ending now.

The Executive Director for Social Impact Studies, Mr. Richard K. Elimah, in an interview with Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm posited that the success of the campaign is dicey.

According to him, a sided solution will not help but a basket of solutions can help. The environmentalist outlined some strategies that can be explored to solving galamsey.

He quizzed why the Mineral’s Commission has not been able to regulate the sector advising government to invest in these institutions, otherwise known as institutional strengthening to help them enforce the mining regulations and monitor their activities.

Meanwhile, over 500 excavators have been moved from the various mining sites the Chief Executive of the Minerals Commission Dr Tony Aubyn has said. He said the excavators are being moved by the operators of the mining sites themselves without any intervention by the state.