Tread cautiously with galamsey issues-MP
The Member of Parliament for Manhyia North, Collins Owusu Amankwah has urged government to be cautious with its approach in handling the issue of illegal mining also known as “galamsey”.
Eventhough he condemns illegal mining in the country, Hon. Amankwah, reckons that some of the miners activities are lawful.
“Some after extracting the resources try as much as possible to reclaim the lands for other agricultural purposes and I think it is high time, we engage them, educate them and also condemn those who due to their actions or inactions our environment is being destroyed.
So my position is very simple, we need to tread cautiously so that at the end of the day, it does not escalate unemployment issues in this country.”he told B&FT in an interview.
A major discourse in the country for the past month has been about the activities of illegal miners that are degrading the forests and polluting water bodies.
Lands and Natural Resources Minister, John Peter Amewu has warned government will not spare anyone in its effort to combat illegal mining known as galamsey.
He has served notice to politicians, chiefs and other Ghanaians who are backing the illegal miners to desist from same forthright else they would be dealt with if they are found culpable.
The Tano River in the Brong Ahafo Region has dried up for the first time in 40 years, a development blamed on illegal mining.
Ghana is losing its natural vegetation and river bodies to the destructive activities of illegal miners, which development experts have described as worrying.
Some Ghanaians and their Chinese counterparts encroach on farm lands in their search for gold, bauxite and diamond. These people go to the extent of mining in river bodies and on river banks.