Support gov’t to fight galamsey – Lands and Natural Resources Minister

The Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abu Jinapor, has called for massive support from communities and their leadership to help the government end the menace of galamsey operations on the water bodies.

Galamsey activities have wreaked havoc on many water bodies across the country causing such waters to lose their very existence and nature.

The effect of unregulated small scale mining has also burdened the Ghana Water Company in terms of water quality, treatment.

The Minister said it was only through a national consensus and support to a policy on regulated small scale mining that Ghana’s water bodies may resurrect from it’s current state as well as avoiding the looming water crisis in the near future.

He indicated that the government alone cannot fight the canker thus the need for the chiefs and community members support.

The Minister said during a tour to some water bodies and intake points of the Ghana Water Company to assess the effects of unregulated mining on water bodies for water production.

The tour was to gather baseline data on the status of the country’s water bodies to inform policy direction and action.

Mr. Jinapor said the Ministry was working to reform the licensing regime to ensure that permits by prospective small scale miners were also secured on time.

The Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abu Jinapor, therefore entreated communities and their chiefs to rise up to support the government to succeed in the fight to restore most affected water bodies as a result of illegal small and unregulated mining.

Minister for Sanitation, Works and Housing, Cecilia Abena Dapaah, lamented over how Ghanaians have now desecrated the water bodies that were thought to be sacred in the name of mining, saying as active citizens, we owe it a duty to monitor and report the activities of these miscreants to the appropriate authorities. 

The Western Regional Manager of the Ghana Water Company Limited, Ing. Clifford Braimah, who was disturbed about the turbidity and colour level of River Pra at Daycare in the Western Region, said that the turbidity and colour of the river is now around 300NTU and 5000HU as compared to 54NTU and 3000HU respectively in 2007.


Source:|Matthew Dadzie

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