The President of the Concerned Small Scale Miners Association says its members have lost faith in efforts by government to stop the activities of illegal miners in the country.
Michael Kwadwo Peprah explained that this follows the abandonment of the Multilateral Mining Integrated project, a document prepared by Peter Amewu when he was Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, in conjunction with other stakeholders.
The document he told Samson Ladry Anyenini on Joy News’ Newsfile programme Saturday, was a sure way to holistically combat illegal mining in the country against the use of brute military force.
“That document was created after a broad discussion with stakeholders in the mining industry. After its completion, we found out that Mr. Amewu had been kicked out and replaced by the Inter-ministerial committee.
“They started the fight against galamsey putting aside the document we sat down and had agreed upon. The document had a short term, midterm, and long term plan,” he said.
Recently, the Environment Minister and chairperson for the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM) disclosed that most of the excavators that were seized from illegal miners have vanished.
“The task force seized a lot of excavators and kept them at the various offices, we sent people to talk to the district assemblies, we got vanguard involved and we realized most of the excavators have disappeared,” he told Daniel Dadzie on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show.
President Akufo-Addo has said he do anything including putting his presidency on the line to stop galamsey.
He went ahead to set up Operation Vanguard, a joint task force of police and military to go into mining areas to stop galamsey.
However, anti-galamsey coalitions and other stakeholders have called the operation a failure after it emerged that illegal mining activities are still ongoing in parts of the country.
Highlighting some key reasons why galamsey is still thriving, Mr Peprah said the lack of mining lands in the country for locals to invest in is a major contributor as all the minable lands have been purchased by foreigners.
“People are engaging in galamsey because they don’t have documents; all these lands that we see are being owned by foreign companies. Ninety-eight of the minable lands in this country are being owned by foreign companies.
“They only come, take these concessions and they go sit outside the country. What they’re only interested in is they renew their document when the document expires.
“So somebody who is a prospective miner who wants to do the right thing is not being able to acquire the license needed to mine. And that is one thing that is breeding galamsey,” he explained.
He also stated that the conflict between large scale miners and the small scale miners over regulated land is another reason for galamsey activities.
“This is a conflict between small scale miners or galamseyers and then the large scale miners. This is common between large scale operators working within a proper regulated land framework and some small scale miners illegally working on the land over which they have no legal title to,” he said.
He, however, stated that a return to the Multilateral Mining Integrated project will be Ghana’s sure bet of winning the fight against illegal mining.
- ‘Desperate’ Daniel Ofori engaging in ‘misplaced measures’ – Ecobank on legal tussle with businessman
- Minority sets 5 conditions for approving 2022 Budget
- Police officer harassing woman in a viral video arrested
- Anas Aremeyaw Anas wins 2021 Foreign Journalist Award in the US
- Akufo-Addo has monopolised LX-DIO private jet at US$14,000 per hour from July till date – Okudzeto Ablakwa alleges
- Rejection of 2022 budget: Majority should take the matter to court – Lawyer
- Ken Ofori-Atta did not show good faith – Asiedu Nketia
- Botswana records new COVID-19 variant; urges calm as investigations continue
- Roads Minister cannot revoke road toll without Parliament’s backing – Lawyer
- I was enjoying the display of ignorance by the Mpraeso MP – Asiedu Nketia
King Promise lights up O2 Arena
Ghana’s brightest reggae star, Rocky Dawuni on international stage with another nomination
Selorm Branttie: An open letter to Bawumia
Today’s front pages: Monday, November 29, 2021
I was enjoying the display of ignorance by the Mpraeso MP – Asiedu Nketia
Ken Ofori-Atta did not show good faith – Asiedu Nketia
New Land Act will bring sanity in land administration – Asantehene
GHS declares December as month of vaccination
Photos : Accra Hearts of Oak defeats JS Saoura of Algeria
Minority sets 5 conditions for approving 2022 Budget
Fit again Musa Nuhu hopeful of making Black Stars squad for 2021 AFCON
Virgil Abloh, artistic director for Louis Vuitton and Off-White founder, dies of cancer at 41
CSIR to get commercialization centre
Playback: The Probe – One-On-One with Johnson Asiedu Nketia
Rugby 7s Pre-World Cup qualifiers: Ghana triumphs in Kumasi