Government to introduce new Mechanisms to fight Galamsey – Vice Prez

    /    Mar 20, 2017   /     Business  /    Comments are closed  /    307 Views

Vice President, Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia has hinted that government will in a short while introduce new policies to fight illegal mining activities, popularly called Galamsey.

Addressing a conference organized by the Institute of Green Growth Solution, Dr. Bawumia described the situation as very disquieting and requires rapid attention.

“It’s very disturbing and this matter is a serious one because it’s linked to the land degradation problem in the country,” he bemoaned.

He said a team of experts are currently developing mechanisms which will draw the modalities in fighting the menace.

“The President has requested for a policy sketch to tackle galamsey operations and some experts are currently working on that,” he noted.

The Vice President hinted how determined government is, to fighting the illegal activity, knowing very well how the policy will face resistance from the strong interest groups in the business.

“It will require political will to be able to tackle the canker because a lot of strong interest groups behind these operations,” he stated.

Meanwhile Land and Natural Resources Minister John Peter Amewu has revealed three policy interventions that would be considered in the fight against the menace.

The elaborated plans expected to centre the battle against the illegal mining are enforcement, law and technology.

“We should expect three key pillars in the fight against galamsey and these are enforcement, law and technology,” he stated.

Mr. John Peter Amewu mentioned lawlessness as the fundamental reason illegal miners are still perpetrating the act.

Source: Sani Abdul-Rahman |

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