The Tarkwa Municipal Chief Executive, Hon Gilbert Ken Asmah has said that for the government to win the fight against the illegal small-scale mining, popularly known as ‘galamsey’ we need a collective and effective inclusion of all.

“The combat against the galamsey menace is one that requires an unconditional combined effort of traditional rulers, security agencies, land owners, MMDCE’s and every individual in the society”.

Hon Gilbert Ken Asmah disclosed this in an interview during a one day National Stakeholders Validation workshop on how to control illegal mining in Ghana at the University of Mines and Technology, UMaT in Tarkwa. He bemoaned the indiscriminate and uncontrolled destruction of the environment for precious minerals, particularly gold in Ghana.

He further explained that this wrongdoing perpetuated by the galamsey operators destroyed lands, water bodies and cash crops to the detriment of both current and unborn generations, a situation he described as very inhuman and very alarming for human development.

Undoubtedly the mining industry has contributed very significantly to the economic growth of Ghana which small scale mining is of no exception. It is against this backdrop that the Akufo Addo led NPP government is poised to give mining activities the needed authorisation and legal backing.

The health and environmental implication in the process of doing mining business must be of paramount interest to all, he added. The NPP government is a promoter of Public Private Partnership, PPP and as such we have the political will to empower and also create an enabling environment for the private sector so as to create more employment.

He argued, that indiscriminate destruction of cocoa farms and abandoned pits that serve as death traps in many mining communities must be curbed within the shortest possible time, he therefore called on Civil society groups, churches, Schools and the general public to also provide the needed oversight to keep all duty bearers in check.

By Dominic Kojo Blay