Illegal Mining Miners begin surrendering excavators as galamsey ultimatum nears

The Lands Minister disclosed this at the launch of the ‘Stop Galamsey Now’ campaign in Mpraeso in the Eastern Region.

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Some miners in the Western Region have begun turning in their excavators as the campaign against illegal mining (galamsey) intensifies.

The Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Mr John Peter Amewu said that the government had so far received more than 75 excavators.

He said that the move "is a good sign that the campaign against illegal mining across the country is yielding results."

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The Minister disclosed this at the launch of the ‘Stop Galamsey Now’ campaign in Mpraeso in the Eastern Region.

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Mr Amewu, as part of the campaign, led a group of young people to hit the streets of Kwahu, holding placards which read: "Stop galamsey now".

The campaign was extended to Obomeng, where President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo had joined the people to participate in the introduction of the Chief of Obomeng, Nana Effah Opinamang III, to the people.

Mr Amewu said the ministry was still alerting Ghanaians that "it is not right for any person to engage in activities that will destroy the environment”.

"The government will not allow any person or group to continue with galamsey, knowing the full implications or consequences. We are ready to end galamsey in Ghana," he said.

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The illegal mining (galamsey) menace continues to serve as a threat to water bodies, aquatic life, and agriculture in the country.

However, several efforts by previous governments including setting up an inter-ministerial taskforce in the previous administration seem to have proved futile.

The famous Pra and Tano rivers are among the most polluted water bodies in the mineral-rich Western Region.

Farming activities at many communities in the Ashanti Region, which are also endowed with precious minerals, have also been curtailed due to galamsey.

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