The Media Coalition Against Galamsey (MCAG) is calling on Government as a matter of urgency to ban all small-scale and surface mining activities on all water bodies and forest reserves across the country.
According to the Coalition, this action coupled with 6 other ones listed in their press statement will allow government to strategize on ways to restore sanity to Ghana’s water bodies and forests and strategize on how mining activities should be carried out in the country.
In a press release issued on Wednesday October 13, 2022, the Coalition urged Government as a matter of urgency to “ensure that the Minerals and Mining Act, 2006 (Act 703), as amended, is enforced without fear or favour. ‘Powerful’ people involved in Galamsey activities in the country should be exposed and sanctioned to serve as a deterrent.”
“Arrest, investigate and prosecute everyone involved in the illegality including the Akonta Mining Ltd and its Directors, Bernard Bosiako and Kwame Antwi, for illegally mining in the Tano Nimiri Forest Reserve as well as breaching (Section 99(6) of the Minerals and Mining Act, 2006 (Act 703), as amended by mining very close along the banks of Tano River.
“Sack any MCE/DCE in whose areas of jurisdiction illegal mining has taken place and still continues based on evidence on the ground
“Ministers and their deputies whose responsibility it is to regulate the mining sector, have failed Ghana. They must also be sacked for disappointing present and unborn generations.
“Explore the provision of gainful, alternative employment to persons engaged in Galamsey.
Meanwhile the Coalition is asking Government to “Ensure that the above punitive measures are implemented before Farmer’s Day this year as these activities directly impact adversely the efforts of our gallant farmers, ” the release added.