- Government has expressed determination to tackle the galamsey menace
- The PNC national Chairman has expressed concern about government's approach to the issue
-He believes there should be a plan for alternative source of livelihood for the miners before the menace is wiped out
The National Chairman of the People’s National Convention Bernard Mornah has doubted the strategy President Akufo-Addo has adopted to tackle the galamsey menace.
According to him, the decision by government to completely end the mining activity when there are no plans for an alternative source of livelihood for the miners is unwise.
Speaking on Accra FM on Friday, Mr Mornah said, “Small-scale mining has become a part of the lives of people living in mining communities, and so if you wake up one morning as a government to say you are stopping them from engaging in this business without sustaining their livelihoods or providing them with alternative source of living, then you will be creating problems instead.
The question I ask is: ‘What does the government expect the people to feed on now that they have been asked to stop their business?’ Should they engage in armed robbery to feed themselves and their families? Is that what the government wants? I don’t think so and so there should have been measures to sustain their livelihoods before this action was taken.”
He further stated that it was wrong for the government put licensed miners and illegal miners in the same pile, as the Lands ministry issued the licenses.
The fight against the galamsey menace has intensified in recent weeks, with a media collaboration project dubbed the #StopGalamseyNow campaign.
The goal of the campaign is to spread awareness about the dangers of the illegal mining activity that has caused much damage to the country’s natural resources.
According to the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, John Peter Amewu, the government is determined to tackle the mining activity and stop the further damage of the natural resources in the country.
According to a Class FM report, the minister disclosed that some mining equipment have been removed from some illegal mining sites in the country.
He further revealed government’s plans to to provide an alternative source of livelihood for the miners, which will provide opportunities to earn a better living, and will include tree-planting projects that will revive the lands that were destroyed by the mining activity.
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