As the fight against Galamsey keeps making waves on major media outlets, criticism and opinion don’t seem to cease coming in. The battle against illegal mining is very imperative because it has the potential of saving our water bodies that have been contaminated with cruel chemicals. It will also save our forest which was once a virgin. It will also ensure there is some sanctity and serious adherence to protective protocols in mining.
The government of the day, NPP, decided to burn every excavator they find on any mining location. They herein sent word of caution to all owners and miners to stay away from the site. However, 16 excavators of Kate Gyamfua were found and burnt. Kate is the women’s organizer of the NPP. Her own party didn’t spare her.
As the General Manager of a licensed gold exploration called Xtra-Gold Resource Corp, she was irritated by the fact that the anti-Galamsey task force would destroy her properties in spite of her having the legal documents and right to operate.
“These unlawful actions are a clear violation of the rule of law. Our company pays big taxes and stool land fees. We are socially responsible, and employ hundreds of local workers.” The company bemoaned.
However, one comment from a Ghanaian advised her to change her business. With the introduction of planting for foods and jobs, those heavy machines could help in rice cultivation at Fumbisi Valley. After harvest, sales can be done here and the rest exported. This will increase food commodities in the country and also boost cedi strength if exports increase.
This is good for the youth and the nation. There are no negative side effects on the nation. Rather solves unemployment, old farmers, entice young people to engage in farming and also boost Ghana currency strength. It is very wrong to create the impression that only Galamsey can enrich the youth. There are other viable ventures that can change lives and improve livelihoods.
If there should be any mining in Ghana, it should be done observing all safety protocols of the venture.
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