Ghana has set up 14 special courts to deal expeditiously with illegal mining offences.

A statement released late Wednesday and signed by Judicial Secretary Justice Alex B. Poku-Acheampong said the courts comprised seven High and Circuit Courts located in seven regional capital towns.

“We are prepared to lend our support to this renewed fight against illegal mining to stamp out the menace and thereby protect the country’s natural resources, particularly our water bodies, for the current and future generations,” the statement said.

Illegal mining, locally referred to as “galamsey,” has been a source of worry among stakeholders in the West African country in recent times.

Some experts have warned the country risked importing water in the near future due to the danger posed to the environment by illegal mining.

The media and other civil society groups here have also taken up the fight against the menace by raising awareness on the need to preserve Ghana’s natural resources.

Lands and Natural Resources Minister Peter Amewu earlier this month announced a moratorium on renewing licenses and issuance of new miners licenses to clamp down on the menace. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh