The Western Regional Minister, Dr. Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah has directed the Chief Executive Officers of the district assemblies in the region to encode all the galamsey sites as a means to address the menace.
According to him, the code would be in a form of GPS form to give unique numbers to all the mining sites enable the Regional Coordinating Council develop a proper data of all the mining sites in the region for effective monitoring.
He added that the exercise would also help them monitor the activities of illegal miners to ensure they comply with responsible mining directives to preserve the land and the forest reserves.
Dr. Okyere Darko-Mensah was of the view that, if a proper measure are not outlined to enforce the illegal miners operate according to the laws of the country, they would hide and carry out their activities without the notice of the authorities.
The Minister, also said, after the coding exercise has been completed, the coordinating council will engage and train the miners on how to mine responsibly to ensure sustainable mining in the region.
He explained that some of the miners have received training from University of Mines and Technology (UMaT) as part of measures outlined by Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining to mine responsibly.
The issue of illegal mining has become a great challenge to the country with government rolling out several measures to address the menace.
The activities of the illegal mining has destroyed the lands, water bodies and depleted forest reserves of the country.
Several campaigns and measures by the government, Civil Society Organizations and the media to wage war against the menace have not yielded the expected results.
Hence, the move by the Western Regional Minister to encode all the galamsey sites in the region for proper monitoring and compliance.
Source: Ghananest.com/Matthew Dadzie.