- The Minister of Local Development, Hajia Alima Mahama, has cautioned public officials involved in illegal mining to desist from it
- She stated that the national security will be called upon to investigate the matter and bring the perpetrators to book
The Minister of Local Development, Hajia Alima Mahama, has threatened to report District Chief Executives (DCEs) and Municipal Chief Executives (MCEs) involved in illegal mining to the national security.
Speaking at the Inter-Ministerial Committee on mining meeting on the roadmap to lifting the ban on illegal mining, she said the perpetrators, regardless of their status will no longer be shielded.
According to her, the involvement of DCEs and MCEs in illegal mining, also known as galamsey is a worrying situation.
She noted that it has become one of the major drawbacks against the government’s fight against illegal mining.
Mahama therefore appealed to them to put a stop to it and help the government win the fight against galamsey.
“The reports we are getting are not good. At the right time, we will provide names to those who are not doing their best in this regard. Go back home and take this activity seriously,” she said.
Activities of illegal small-scale miners have resulted in the pollution of most of the country’s water bodies resulting in the shortage of water in some communities as the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) struggles to treat water for consumption.
Operation Vanguard, a team of military and police personnel, have been deployed to some mining communities until government lifts a ban imposed in 2017.
However, speculations are rife that politicians, chiefs and other government appointees are themselves deeply involved in the illegal act.
No names have yet been mentioned but many are of the view that the failure of government to nip the act in the bud is as a result of the involvement of some appointees.
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