Legal Practioner, Bernard Owuredu has charged the Government of Ghana and Minister of Lands and Natural Resources to use state powers to fight galamsey. He made this claim on TV3's Newday today, Friday 23rd April, 2021.
Lawyer Bernard Owuredu also admonished the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Honourable Abu Jinapor to stop issuing directives and communiques to people who do not listen. He said, "if you issue directives and go to sleep, these people will mine at night".
He further stated that we can fight the galamsey menace properly if the Minister shows muscle. "Galamsey is lucrative so they will not stop. Show state power. Even if it takes the entire Army to fight galamsey, do it", he urged.
The Legal Brain suggested few ways and strategies which could be adopted by some state institutions in solving the menace. "COCOBOD, CMB and the Ministry of Food and Agriculture should entice the cocoa farmers in order not to release their lands to illegal miners. Scholarships schemes should be awarded to the children of these farmers".
"Pension Schemes should also be on table for these farmers so that they will be financially secured. More education should be done to show the people why they should over exploit the Birim River".
Lawyer Bernard Owuredu's learned colleague, Lawyer Amoakwa however, felt that Government should reserve some areas within the mining circles for Ghanaians to be engaged.
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