Wpid Galamsey
Ecological Damage Is The Result Of Illegal Mining

At a meeting to solicit views to address the menace in Dormaa on Thursday, the pressure groups said illegal mining activities, have wreaked untold harm to the environment critical among which is the pollution of River Biaso, the main source of drinking water serving Dormaa Ahenkro and its immediate environs including the Nkrankwanta.

wpid-galamsey.jpgThe meeting was attended by Osagyefo Oseadeyo Agyemang Badu II, the Paramount Chief of Dormaa Traditional Area, religious leaders, security agencies, traditional rulers, some members of the media, assembly members, Municipal and District Chief Executives, and some local government staff of Dormaa Central, East and West.

Participants of the meeting insisted that they have lost confidence in the ability of state and para-statal security agencies to carry out their statutory functions in prosecuting offenders who engaged in illegal mining and this underscored the need for traditional rulers to step in to formulate their own laws to mete out punishment to perpetrators of galamsey.

Barima Yeboah Kordie, the Aduanahene of Dormaa Traditional Area, appealed to the Ghana Education Service (GES) to act firmly to get back in school pupils who have given up schooling in areas where illegal mining was taking place in search of gold ore.

He hinted that he personally led a campaign to drive out some galamsey operators in Manteware and Aboabo Number One when they first emerged to carry out their operations in the area.

Mr Augustine Owusu, the Presiding Member of Dormaa East District, called for laws to authorize traditional rulers to prosecute land owners who sell portions of their lands to galamsey operators, to serve as a deterrent to others.

Source: GNA

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