Galamsey: “Come clear on security agency fighting menace”- Small Scale Miners to gov’t



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Communications Director for the Ghana National Association of Small Scale Miners, Abdul Razark Alhassan, has asked the Akufo Addo government to come clear on the particular security agency fighting the galamsey menace.

This statement by Abdul Razark Alhassan follows the directive by President Akufo Addo  to deploy some 200 military men to man Ghana’s water bodies.

The men have been tsked to remove all persons and logistics involved in mining from all water bodies across the country, effective Wednesday 28 April 2021.

A statement issued and signed by Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, said the military officers have been dispatched for the exercise.

The directive is coming barely two weeks after a two-day National Stakeholder Dialogue on Small Scale Mining in Accra to find solution to the illegal mining menace.

The ministry of defence and the Ghana Armed Forces are expected to provide a detailed brief on developments and sustainability efforts on Friday.

Speaking to Kaakyire Ofori Ayim on Atinka FM’s AM Drive, Communications Director for the Ghana National Association of Small Scale Miners, who lauded the decision of government to deploy 200 men to man Ghana’s water bodies, said the move is a step in th right direction.

According to him, the National Association of Small Scale Miners wants government to be specific on the particular agency handling the fight against galamsey in this second round of the fight against galamsey.

Citing examples,  Communications Director for the Ghana National Association of Small Scale Miners, Abdul Razark Alhassan, noted that the deployment of different security enforcers to fight the menace in the first round was the cause of the defeat.

 “ We have no qualms with the deployment of 200 security officers, it’s a good initiative. We only have issues in the enforcement. The deployment of  Operation Vanguard, Operation calm lives, Galamstop, National security etc caused the failure of fight in the first round. We were hoping that in this second round the government will assign the fight to a particular security agency to deal with the illegal menace,” he explained.

Ghana | Atinkaonline.com | Vivian Adu Boatemaa