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Stop Galamsey, Abide By The National Pledge— Hon. Osah Mills

The Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Hon. Nii Osah Mills, has expressed concern about the hazardous nature of mercury used by illegal miners (galamseyers) and the open pits left at the mining sites that become death traps.

 

Hon. Osah Mills admonished the miners to be mindful of their activities as the effects were harmful to the present generation and those yet unborn, and urged them to adhere to the lyrics in the country’s National pledge which employed citizens to “hold in high esteem our heritage won for us through the blood and toil of our fathers.”

He was addressing over fifty people found on these sites, who had come from various parts of the country to engage in these illegalities, during a 3-day field trip to Gwira Kutukrom, Wiawso and Banso in the Western region, to have firsthand information on the extent of damage caused by galamsey.

He cautioned the galamseyers found on the sites to desist from their illegal activities as they stood the risk of being arrested and prosecuted.

Hon. Osah Mills said mining was illegal if it was not carried out according to the dictates of the law and urged the miners to regularize their activities.

He advised them to take advantage of the Alternative Livelihood Programmes rolled out by the government whereby land and palm seedlings were offered to people prepared to go into farming.

He also urged them to avail themselves to be trained for snail or grasscutter rearing that could earn them a decent living.

The Omanhene of the area, Awulae Angama Tu-Agyan II, expressed appreciation to the Hon. Minister for his visit and expressed his willingness to assist him in addressing the galamsey menace in his jurisdiction.

Meanwhile two Chinese were picked up at the site for investigation.

Source: ISD (Victoria Antwi)

Created: 08 April 2015
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