Local Authorities must help government to fight galamsey

Local Authorities must help government to fight galamsey

Journalist has lambasted the attitude of some local authorities in helping to fight galamsey

He was commenting on the issue of the Prestea-Nsuta mining disaster

He admonished local authorities to be up and doing to support government to fight illegal mining

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Senior Journalist Abdul Malik Kweku Baako has waded into the matter surrounding galamsey in the country with particular reference to the 22 miners who lost their lives at the Nsuta mine disaster.

Local Authorities must help government to fight galamsey

Abdul Malik Kweku Baako

He added that even though government was putting in immense efforts and commitment to fight the menace associated with galamsey, some local authorities were not doing enough to ensure that illegal mining was curbed.

He added that he was surprised by the comments of the District Chief Executive of the area claiming he was unaware that illegal mining was still going on. He said his comments betrays the lack of commitment to the government's fight against galamsey.

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It was reported last week that some 22 people had been trapped in an illegal mine pit at Nsuta in the Western Region after heavy rainfall causing the 80-meter deep pit to cave in.

Five people however managed to escape the disaster leaving the others trapped under the earth. After days of searching, rescuers gave up and declared all those unaccounted for to have lost their lives.

When news broke about the incident, the DCE for Prestea-Nsuta, Mr. Mozart K Owuh, said he was not aware of the activities of the miners in the district and that he was surprised to have to hear that some miners had been trapped and rescue efforts were being made to save them. He said that when the issue came up he instructed the Police Command in the area to look into the matter.

Speaking on Accra-based Joy FM on weekend program Newsfile, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako said he was bewildered to her such comments from the DCE. He added that it was reported in the news that there was a joint rescue effort by security agencies, the District Assembly and some residents so he still could not fathom why the DCE made such comments.

He added that some local authorities had to put in their own quota to ensure that the galamsey menace was eradicated

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Speaking on the same program, Executive Director of the Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG), Dr Emmanuel Akwetey said some illegal miners were probably engaged in the illegal miming despite government's ban on because the government had not provided alternative means of livelihood for those engaged in the dangerous mining enterprise.

Dr Emmanuel Akwetey added that some bankrollers of these illegal mining activities needed to be arrested, tried and put in jail to serve as a deterrent to others.

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