Anti-Galamsey Task Force To Launch Another Operation

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The Inter-Ministerial Task?Force?Against Illegal Mining?(Galamsey) is to move into the second phase of its?operation?soon, President John Dramani Mahama has said.

galam-300x200The first phase of the operation,?conducted?in 2013, saw the task force?dismantling?hundreds of?illegal gold mining?sites in the country and evicting thousands of illegal miners, including Chinese, from the sites. During the second phase, the President said, the task force would?spearhead?a livelihood project which would involve?registering?galamsey operators to reclaim devastated lands they had destroyed, through a well-crafted?tree planting?programme.

The President made this known during an?interaction?with the chiefs and people of Ayanfuri at the start of a two-day working visit to the Central Region yesterday. He said the Minister of Lands and?Natural Resources?would, in due course, lay out the fine details of the tree-planting programme. Massive destruction Mr Mahama, who had flown to the area in a?helicopter, said he was shocked to see the massive destructioncaused?by galamsey activities in the area.

Apart from the?land, he said, rivers had been polluted by the illegal operators through their activities. He, consequently, called for concerted efforts to fight the?menace, since illegal mining could?destroy?the future of the country if not arrested. In that regard, he appealed to chiefs to play a lead role in the fight against the canker, saying thegovernment?alone could not win the battle against galamsey if the chiefs, who are custodians of the land, were not fully involved.

President Mahama said it was not his intention to stop small-scale mining or deny the people their livelihoods. However, the right thing must be done and, in that case, those who were interested in small-scale mining must go through the process of registration.

Source:?Daily Graphic

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