- A student has drowned in a galamsey pit at Osino in the Eastern region
- Kelvin Asiedu is believed to have gone swimming in the mining pit
- Pieces of used condoms were also found at the scene
The body of a student who drowned in a galamsey pit at Osino in the Eastern region has been retrieved.
Kelvin Asiedu is alleged to have joined some other colleagues to go swimming in the abandoned galamsey pit after writing his mock examinations.
According to Assemblyman of the area, Stephen Dompreh, colleagues of the deceased student hid the news from their school authorities for fear of being punished or suspended.
Meanwhile, YEN.com.gh has photos from the mining pit which captures some used condoms along the galamsey pit.
It remains unsure if all used condoms were used by pupils of the school as investigations into Kelvin's death continues.
The large stretch of galamsey pits in the country are one of the worst remains from the ban on illegal mining as well as the special task force deployed to flash out all illegal miners in the country.
Illegal mining or ‘galamsey’ in Ghana has been a menace in the country for a while. It has elicited negative feelings from people all over Ghana.
The disgust and discontent associated with galamsey sites in Ghana are evident in the way the people have chosen to deal with the menace.
They have turned their attention from complaining about the problem to actually taking the issue head-on.
When you visit galamsey areas in Ghana, you will realize that the highest population is the youth. Unemployment among the youth in Ghana is a very big menace.
Young university graduates rarely find work, and when they do it hardly sustains them. The result is that these youth go the extra mile to earn a living. ‘Going an extra mile’ here means them abandoning their dreams, a dream they took out of University as a degree, and they result in galamsey activities in Ghana.
Apart from unemployment, another highly contributory factor to the frequent re-emergence of galamsey sites in Ghana is the lack of job security.
In a country with a high rate of unemployment, it may be hard to keep your job. And apart from that, the employers may pay poorly due to the availability of skilled unemployed people ready to take up your position when you are relieved of your duties. This may push some people to go and work in the galamsey sites.
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