The Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), has thrown its support behind Citi FM’s campaign to compel government to end illegal mining activities, popularly known as galamsey in the country.

Citi FM on Monday launched a campaign against the galamsey menace.

Dubbed #StopGalamseyNow, the campaign calls on government to undertake five steps to clamp down on the menace which is destroying the county’s land and water resources, and may see Ghana resorting to the importation of clean water in the next two decades.

CDD-Ghana announced this via its Twitter handle:

Citi FM’s five demands include:

The total cessation of all small and medium scale mining for a period of six monthsThe cessation of the issuance of new mining licences for a yearThe reclassification of mining categories to reflect the use of new/larger equipmentThe allowance of water bodies to regenerate their natural ecologyTree planting and a land reclamation project

Ghanaians join Citi FM’s #StopGalamseyNow campaign

When the campaign was launched on Monday, various groups and individuals joined in raising awareness on the menace.

Organisations such as the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC), and some other Ghanaians took to Twitter to express their concerns about the menace, which is destroying various water bodies and the environment in general.

Galamsey menace

There have been intense pressure on government to deal with the galamsey menace.

Currently, some water treatment plants have been shut down over activities of illegal miners, which have rendered water bodies from which the plants harvest water for processing useless.

Watchers of the sector have further lamented that if such activities are not stopped, Ghana may soon be importing water from neighboring countries.

The galamsey menace has also led to the destruction of many farmlands, which serve as livelihood for a number of families.

By: Godwin Akweiteh Allotey/
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