The destruction caused by illegal small-scale miners in the country cannot be quantified. Some pictures taken by a helicopter show galamsey is causing a lot of pain in the country with many wondering how bad the situation looks like.
The Minister for Lands and Natural Resources Mr. Samuel Abu Jinapor is currently on a tour in the central and western regions to ascertain first-hand information on the destruction caused to water bodies and the environment in the country.
The illegal miners have dug out pits in almost every land that is available. The destruction as presented by the pictures is very terrible.
River bodies could be seen looking brownish with mining pits scattered all over the place. From the pictures, some communities have been affected by mining pits seen within them.
The illegal miners have refused to cover all the pits they dug after collecting their gold. They seem unconcerned and stagnant water could also be seen left in the abandoned pits.
From the views, it is unclear which particular area the pictures were taken, but the destruction is very heartbreaking.
The question that one would ask is how the pits can be covered. It would require huge sums of monies before the destructions can be corrected.
A lot of human resources will be required to embark on vigorous work to reclaim these lands. Places that hitherto were used for agricultural purposes have been affected by illegal mining activities.
The stagnant water left in the pits is also a trap since most people have already been reported drowned in them.
The Fight against illegal mining must be fought with all the resources available looking at the spate of destruction their operations cause in the country.
However, the excavators seized from these miners can be used in reclaiming the lands instead of setting them on fire.
We must all play our roles in ensuring the menace is curtailed once and for all. These heartbreaking pictures are not the best for the country.
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