Illegal small scale mining popularly known as ‘galamsey’ is a menace to the land and the people in communities where the operation takes place.
Many scholars and civil advocacy bodies have staged a bold face in recent times to aid the government end this operation once and for all. Pressure group OccupyGhana has observed that there is no “conceivable justification” for illegal mining to persist in Ghana.
To that end, the group has called on government to “stop, prevent and then regulate all currently unlicensed and unregulated mining, explore the provision of gainful, alternative employment to persons engaged in galamsey, support mass education on the galamsey menace, particularly through local civil society, and be mindful of the potential national security threat that ‘galamsey’ poses”.
A very popular ‘galamsey’ operator in East Legon, has dared the President, Nana Addo, not to stop their operations or do so at his own peril – since their job puts food on the tables of their families and is a source of employment to the youth.
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