wpid-illegal-miners.jpgThe Ghana National Association of Small Scale Miners (GNASSM) has commended the Inter-Ministerial Taskforce against illegal Mining for working diligently to bring the galamsey menace under control.

Since the commencement of its operations some two months ago, GNASSM has observed? that the Taskforce has succeeded in finally restoring sanity and order to many galamsey-proned areas in the country with the removal ?of a large number of illegal miners including over 4,000 foreign nationals from several illegal mining sites across?? the country.

? Reports we have received so far indicate that both foreigners and local illegal miners have abandoned their illegal mining sites across the country? while many major rivers discoloured by the activities of these galamsey operators? including the Birm, Pra and Ankobra are now ?lightening up?

These were contained in a letter of commendation sent to ?Hon Alhaji Inusah Fuseini, (MP) Chairman of the 5-member Inter-Ministerial Taskforce and Sector Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, by the GNASSM to congratulate Taskforce on the enviable successes they have chalked so far.

The letter which was signed by Mr. Collins Osei Kusi, National President of GNASSM, re- affirmed the Association?s unflinching support for the efforts of the Taskforce and praised the foresight of President John Mahama in mooting the idea. Mr Collins Kusi further emphasised that the President?s decision ?reflects the commitment and sincerity of the government to? clean up the small scale mining sector in Ghana?

The Association also indicated that the outcome of the Inter-Ministerial Taskforce?s operations has confirmed its ?long held position that the magnitude of foreign involvement and the growing complexity problem of illegal mining in Ghana cannot be addressed without? the government?s direct intervention.?

GNASSM observed that? pronouncements made by? both the President and the Sector Minister on various platforms coupled with the professional manner in which the security operatives conducted the operation ?have served to boost the GNASSM?s confidence in the government?s? genuine and far-reaching intentions for the mining.

The Association, an umbrella group made up all licensed small scale miners in the country, underscored its? readiness to assist the Inter-Ministerial Taskforce? in any? capacity to enable it achieve its laudable objective especially in the area of ?sustaining the security operations? of the force.






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