The origin of galamsey is no mystery at all. Galamsey also know as small scale mining was just an opportunity to help those who are educationally not qualify to demonstrate their prowess in mining activity. The small scale gold mining act of 1989 implemented a system for obtaining a small scale licensee. these initial workers were group of nine or less artisanal miners working by hand to dig, pan and wash gold.
This sprouted the interest of the local youth to participate in this mining activity. most of the mining areas were deprived areas and that was the only system that could fetch more money within months as at that time.
Recently, the illegal mining also known as the galamsey strike global interest especially china, whom they invested and brought mining equipment and allegedly negotiated with the local chiefs. The Chinese found this country as a hot cake for their investment and the did exploited us.
Our water bodies lost its luster and beauty due to the galamsey, the miners used the water bodies to wash the soil in their quest of finding gold.
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