Lydia Kukua Asamoah, GNA
Accra, Jan. 9, GNA –
Little-scale mining is still legal in Ghana and it reserved only for Ghanaians,
Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, the Minister of Environment, Science,
Technological know-how and Innovation, mentioned on Thursday.
He said all unlawful
mining activities were being staying weeded out of the method, with several of the
foreigners caught partaking in them arrested and being prosecuted, though these
of West African origins had been deported.
There had been much more than
250 registered Ghanaians currently engaged in compact-scale mining, he mentioned,
adding “So if you go someplace and any individual is mining do not assume it is
Frimpong-Boateng was speaking to journalists at a media engagement in Accra to
interact and foster much better relationship amongst the media and the Ministry of
He stated the struggle
towards galamsey, which commenced in 2017, was to enable the country to “define
illegality in the sector”, which was destroying water bodies, river beds and
He reported illegal
mining arrived with a massive price to the country.
discussed that the former galamsey operators degraded the lands devoid of
reclaiming it even though others utilised hazardous chemical compounds such as cyanide and mercury
without the need of authorisation.
Other people also applied
bulldozers and excavators to demolish the communities.
He stated that
by way of this sort of unlawful mining most of the drinking water bodies like River Bia, Tano and
Pra turned remarkably polluted, but many thanks to the struggle in opposition to galamsey “all these
impunities have stopped”.
He stated around 4,000
tiny scale miners experienced been qualified in sustainable mining and assisted quite a few
young individuals in acquiring alternate livelihood programmes currently being operate by the
Ministry of Local Federal government.
Frimpong-Boateng said presently the most difficult aspect of the problem was
the problem of nearby farmers and landowners who continued to conceal and have interaction in
“It not simple to halt
these actions mainly because it is getting done by the owners of the farms.”
He explained most of the
rivers ended up regaining their former position and urged the public to aid
government’s efforts at restoring the drinking water bodies to assure good quality drinking water
source in the several years ahead.
The region would
need about 400 million dollars to restore the Ankobra River by itself that experienced been
so polluted by the galamsey operators, whilst 21 billion bucks would be
required to restore the degraded mining lands, Prof. Frimpong Boateng said.
He claimed the many
companies under the Ministry, which includes the Council for Scientific and Industry
Analysis (CSIR), Atomic Power Commission, and Environmental Security Agency
(EPA), were all performing tough to boost socio-financial development.
He mentioned the CSIR,
by way of its 13 institutes, ended up aiding to assure food stuff safety by coming out
with several varieties of crops and animal breeds, as very well as engineering to
He explained the Atomic
Strength Commission was also supporting with nuclear agriculture and radiation
safety, among the other things, whilst the EPA was doing work to maintain a risk-free