Galamsey has taken over many parts of Ghana. The illegal way of mining involves manual digging, washing gold nuggets to amalgamate into a solid valuable stone.
Cocoa farmers have even sold out their lands for men to discover gold at the detriment of Ghanaians. The problem is that anytime they wash the golds in the water bodies, it leaves chemicals called mercury in the water and causes the water to assume a filthy state.
Even though the incumbent President -Nana Addo Dankwa staged a war against the exercise, it appears the illegal mining is still ongoing and has travelled widely to the cities.
Today, a man opened his tap to fetch water and the water that came out is filled with dirt. This is a problem Ghana Water Company Limited has warned but to whose hearing?
Again, the Europeans have also issued a warning against the act. They claim the chemicals from the galamsey which affects the cocoa is dwindling the quality of Ghana cocoa.
If we don’t kill this menace, we will risk losing our business partners and also portable water to drink.
The three main galamsey hotspot districts are the Tarkwa Nsuaem (294 sightings and 3648 individual galamsey sites), Amenfi East (223 sightings and 1397 individual galamsey sites) and Prestea Huni-Valley Districts (156 sightings and 1130 individual galamsey sites).
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