At a minesite

As part of efforts to stimulate community and institutional ownership of the sustained campaign against galamsey, the Media Coalition Against Galamsey (MCAG), with support from STAR-Ghana, continues its community engagement with focus on the Western region.

An Editors’ Forum will be held on Thursday, April 26, at the Grand Favour Hotel in Takoradi, as a precursor to the Town Hall Meeting slated for Friday, April 27, at Nsuaem Methodist church, near the Nsuaem Health Centre at 0900 hours.

These were contained in a release signed by Gloria Hiadzi of the Coalition and copied the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Accra on Wednesday.

MCAG also known as the Coalition carries out public education on the ills of illegal mining activities, popularly known as “Galamsey,” and advocacy with stakeholders to ensure the eradication of galamsey and to promote sustainable mining.

Members of the Coalition include; all media institutions, associations and partners such as the Ghana News Agency (GNA), Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIBA), Graphic Communications Group Limited (GCGL), and the New Times Corporation (NTC).

The others are; Private Newspaper Publishers Association of Ghana (PRINPAG), Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC), Penplusbytes and Ghana Community Radio Network (GCRN).

It stated that the Western Regional Minister, Dr Kwaku Afriyie, Divisional Chief of Nsuaem, Nana Adade ll, Western Regional Officials of Operation Vanguard, Forestry Commission, Environmental Protection Agency, Minerals Commission, Ghana Water Company, National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), among other stakeholders will grace this meeting.

“MCAG believes galamsey is as a result of system and leadership failure and so building capacity of stakeholders to stem the tide is vital,” it added.

The release explained the goal of the engagements as creating understanding and making acceptance of the preservation of our environment and its resources a collective good rather than the selfish economic motives presented by galamsey.

It also provides a forum for citizens in the Galamsey endemic areas to engage duty bearers to get their questions answered and put their grievances across.

“Though there has been some remarkable progress made in the fight against Galamsey, with some battles won, the war is not over.”

There are some significant battles ahead that need to be won. “We are still waiting for the Multilateral Mining Integrated Project (MMIP), to be launched and executed.”

He said there was the need to put in the right measures to get the small-scale miners who are licensed, and work according to the licenses to start mining sustainably.

Ghanaians have to be reminded to stay as citizens and not spectators and bear in mind that just as the cleaning up of the Ankobra River alone will cost Ghana over $400 million,” he stressed.



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