- Former Ghana Chamber of Mines CEO has called for a different approach to tackling galamsey
- Ms Joyce Aryee believes the focus should be on the investors in the activity and not the miners
- Government has declared war on galamsey and has launched projects to end the menace destroying the country's resources
Joyce Aryee, the former Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Chamber of Mines has argued that the war against the illegal mining menace known as 'galamsey', should be focused on the entities that invest their resources into the activity, rather than the workers engaged in the activity.
According to her, the laborers are only engaged in the mining activity because they have to earn a living, but it is the investors who fund the activity with their financial benefits and equipment that need to be stopped.
Ms Aryee was speaking on TV3's current affairs program, Hot Issues, when she said most of these galamseyers only worked to earn their pay, and were not informed about the destruction to the natural resources.
She therefore urged the Minerals Commission to be strict on the monitoring and licensing rules, and to rather make efforts to stop the mining investors.
According to Ms Aryee, mining cannot be completely banned as the it is a critical part of our daily lives, and that the best approach would be to educate people on what is right.
The fight against the galamsey menace has intensified in recent weeks, with a media collaboration project dubbed the #StopGalamseyNow campaign aimed at spreading 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.
Mr Amewu disclosed 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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