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Opinions of Monday, 17 April 2017

Columnist: Rockson Adofo

Declaration of war on galamsey in Ghana!

Galamsey is a Ghanaian parlance for surface mining, especially, illegal surface mining. Galamsey has been going on in Ghana for quite sometime now.

For about the past eight years or so, the menace of galamsey to our ecology has intensified astronomically.

The youths of Ghana have now woken up to the unrestrained damage galamsey is doing to our farmlands, water bodies, and the air that we breathe. It is about time galamsey is stopped in all its forms or shapes to save the country from total annihilation.

What makes it more nonsensical and senseless is how our leaders, both traditional and public, are the masterminds orchestrating the galamsey in the nation. They have allowed illegal Chinese to flock into the nation to engage in extensive and very destructive forms of surfacing mining to the extent of having the audacity to shoot and kill our own Ghanaian compatriots who stand up to challenge them.

This cannot be allowed to continue. The rate at which the youths are peeved, seeing the dangers posed by the unrestrained galamseying is very alarming. If the galamsey is not stopped outright by the government, they will surely rise up themselves to rescue the nation from the hands of these foreign and local destroyers of our ecosystem.

There are several YouTube videos expressing the anger of the Ghanaian youths towards the nonchalance of our traditional and political leaders while the Chinese are spoiling our lands, water bodies and polluting the air. They are resolutely determined to take up arms if possible, to fight to save Ghana from the destructive hands of these foreign human vermin.

Watch one of such videos via the link below.



Ghanaians cannot continue to sit on the fence while some greedy and visionless chiefs and politicians condone and connive with the Chinese to wreak irreversible havoc to our lands, water bodies and the air that we breathe.

I am supportive of any movement by discerning Ghanaians to stopping galamsey in the country. Forward ever but backward never with our declaration of war on galamsey!