- Ghana has warned China against the inclusion of some Chinese citizens in illegal mining
- Information minister, Mustapha Hamid says government will never spare Chinese culprits
Ghana is mounting pressure on the Chinese ambassador to talk its citizens out of illegal mining or risk facing the full wrath of government.
Minister of information, Mustapha Hamid in an interaction with the Chinese ambassador warned that all Chinese nationals will be severely punished by the law should they be found linked to the menace of illegal small scale mining.
“Talk to your citizens, engage them on the need to obey our laws and to behave within the bounds of the law, so that when our laws catch up with any of your citizens, you understand that it is not a crack down on Chinese people because there are many Chinese people who are conducting legitimate business in our country,” Mustapha Hamid warned.
Meanwhile, the Chinese ambassador to Ghana, Sun Baohong has called for calm arguing that; “…we (Chinese government) think it’s very important to provide a very objective view of this issue to the general public of this two countries. If you do not give objective view that actually leads to objective view of the solution of the issue; because only by law enforcement or only by catching Chinese people on the side will not solve this issue. There are more structural issues we need to welcome. But we pledge our commitment to work with this government to find proper solution to the issue.”
So far, the Ghana immigration service has arrested a notorious Chinese illegal miner, Aisha Huang who is reported to have let lose her wild dogs on security officials when they stormed here residence.
The fight against illegal mining remains intensified across the country as government deployed supervisors to keenly monitor all abandoned “galamsey” sites in the country.
A high-level delegation from Ivory Coast had also paid a courtesy call on government over the scourge of illegal mining as they raised concerns over the destruction of water bodies which has badly affected major water supply routes to the country.
But even as government launches its “stop galamsey now” program with the media taking the front role, questions still remain if measures by the current NPP administration is enough to end the menace once and for all.
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