The activities of small-scale miners still pose danger to our water bodies and land resources. Comments from the President of the land, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, suggest that he cannot fight galamsey alone. The New Patriotic Party (NPP) government has called on stakeholders to come together and fight against illegal miners.
Some Ghanaians are of the view that illegal small-scale miners are most aided by chiefs and citizens in destroying our natural resources. Others also blame politicians, authorities, and Chinese people for being the main agents of the illegal small-scale miners in the country.
All indicators about the galamsey suggest that we know that those illegal mining activities are happening in our various communities but we do not how to solve them. Some opinion leaders and economists have projected that if we do not solve the issue of galamsey now, we will soon import water from other countries.
The issue of galamsey has finally got to the attention of the Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin. The Indian High Commissioner to Ghana, Sugandh Rajaram today call on the Speaker and pledges his country's support for the automobile industry in Ghana.
According to the Official Facebook page of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin urges the Indian High Commissioner to assist fight galamsey in the country. This is the comment posted on Facebook:
"Speaker Bagbin on his part called for further cooperation in the area of trade and investments. He noted that the activities of illegal miners, popularly known as “galamsey”, pose a serious threat to the country’s survival and urged Indian businesses to share their innovation and creativity to support Ghanaian entrepreneurs develop their own capacities".
Many Ghanaians after hearing this said that if other countries are going to help us, we need to assist ourselves first. Others also said that Indian innovative means of mining come help eradicate galamsey in the country. The small-scale miners have to be taught how to mine gold without destroying our land and Parliament has to set strict rules on small-scale mining in this country.
This is a good call of the speaker but we need all our parliamentarians to support him in this direction.
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