ACCRA, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says THE government is taking steps to ensure that small-scale mining in Ghana is conducted in a sustainable manner which will protect the environment as well as protect the workers.
President Akufo-Addo was addressing organized labour at the 17th National May Day Parade at the Black Star Square in Accra Monday. The event was held under the theme, [email protected]; Mobilising for Ghana’s Future through the Creation of Decent Jobs.
President Akufo-Addo said he had not met anyone engaged in illegal small-scale mining, popularly referred to as galamsey, who was satisfied with the degradation of the environment as witnessed lately. He added: We are not fighting to put people out of work by seeking to end galamsey. This present generation does not own the earth, we hold the lands in trust for generations yet unborn and we cannot destroy it.”
He said all indications pointed to the fact that galamseyers did not make much money as they were routinely cheated out of getting a fair price for the gold they found.
As such government is encouraging the establishment of gold refineries, which will pay fair prices to the miners, he said.
He acknowledged, with special thanks, the support and role being played by the media in the fight against galamsey.
The media, with the overwhelming support of all well-meaning citizens, have given true meaning to the call for all to be citizens and not spectators, the President said.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK