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Amansie West chiefs pledge to lead fight against illegal mining

By
Dorothy Frances Ward, GNA

Manso-Nkwanta (Ash), July 19, GNA – Chiefs in
the Amansie West District have pledged to lead the fight against illegal gold
mining, popularly referred to as ‘galamsey’ in the area.

The area has been the epicenter of the illegal
activity in the Ashanti Region – cocoa farms cut down, food crop and farmlands
lost through mining.

The chiefs expressed upset with what they
described as the “monumental scale of destruction” and said that could not
continue.

This was at a joint meeting held with them and
the small scale miners association by the district assembly.

Mr. William Bediako, the District Chief
Executive (DCE), highlighted the need for all to act together to protect the
environment and said that was in everybody’s interest.

He added that the pollution of water bodies,
degradation of the vegetation and the ruin of cash and food crop farms should
stop.

He reminded the chiefs and people that they
owed it a duty to themselves and posterity to preserve the forest and water
resources.

This demanded that they helped to arrest and
bring to justice anybody, who had chosen to ignore the ban on ‘galamsey’ by the
government in their various communities.

Mr. Frank Osei, acting Chairman of the Small
Scale Miners Association, appealed to the government to allow its members, who
were operating legally to go back to work.

He said, what was needed was to ensure that
their operations were properly monitored so that the right things were done.

He indicated that the association fully backed
the government’s effort to restore sanity, adding that, the association had
formed an ‘anti-galamsey taskforce’ to assist flush out those engaged in
illegal mining in the area.

GNA

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