ACCRA, Ghanaian Vice-President Dr Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia has called on the country’s traditional chiefs to support government efforts to stamp out illegal mining, otherwise known as “galamsey”, which he described as a serious national issue requiring concerted efforts by all stakeholders.
Land is a very important asset and chiefs are the custodian and should support the government’s efforts to eradicate illegal mining because destruction of the land is undermining the institution of chieftancy, he said here Monday in a keynote address delivered at the opening of a two-day workshop on illegal mining specially convened for traditional rulers and queen mothers.
The workshop was organized by the Ministry of Chieftaincy Affairs and Religious Affairs in collaboration with the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining.
The government of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is determined to stop galamsey and is looking to the traditional chiefs to play a pivotal role in the effortm the vice-president said.
The event attracted other key Ministers including Lands and Natural Resources Minister John Peter Amewu, Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, Defence Minister Dominic Nitiwul, and Interior Minister Ambrose Dery.
The Vice President said Ghana’s population was increasing rapidly and there must be a comprehensive and holistic approach to tackle illegal mining and protect the country’s water bodies from further pollution. He added that the government would initiate a multilateral mining integrated project (MMIP) to provide alternative livelihoods for artisanal miners to ensure sustainable efforts in halting galamsey.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK