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Defence Network urge govt to adopt bipartisan approach in ‘galamsey’ fight

Ghanaian civil society group, Defence Network for Democracy (DEFNED) Wednesday urged the government to adopt a bipartisan, humanitarian and sustainable approach in the fight against illegal mining.

DEFNEDA statement released here signed by Executive Director, Kingsley Kwabena Amoah expressed worry with the approach adopted by the government to combat the activities of illegal mining locally referred to as ‘galamsey’.

“Defence Network for Democracy has critically monitored and observed with great concern the reckless and unsustainable approach adopted by the current government and successive governments in the fight against illegal mining which remains a serious threat to lands and natural resources of the country,” the statement said.

The civil society group called on the Ghanaian government to develop a comprehensive plan to regulate the activities of small scale miners.

The statement further said, “DEFNED is further calling on the current government to immediately develop a comprehensive plan and strategy to fully regulate the operations of all already licensed small scale miners as permitted by law to operate in the country backed by a more stringent monitoring and inspection of all mining sites by a formed taskforce assigned to all mining districts in the country.”

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The activities of illegal mining have become a subject of concern to many including the new government led by Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
Several hectares of the country’s land have been destroyed with major water bodies also polluted.

Experts have warned the country risked importing water from neighboring countries if the trend was not reversed.

The government here has already placed a moratorium on renewal and issuance of new licenses to small scale miners.

Source: Francis Tandoh/NewsGhana.com.gh

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