30 July 2017

Gov’t can win fight against galamsey if… – Dr Sam Okyere

A lecturer with Nottingham University UK, Dr. Sam Okyere says government can achieve the fight against galamsey if government creates alternative jobs.

Dr. Sam Okyere has commended government for the fight against illegal mining popularly called “Galamsey” in the country because of its devastating effects.

Dr. Sam Okyere, a Researcher at the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the Nottingham University revealed that those engaged in illegal mining have no alternative jobs that is why they are into the illegal business.

He was speaking at a workshop at Ntotroso in the Asutifi North District of the Brong Ahafo Region to train community members affected by mining to know their rights on mining and how to forged ahead.

The workshop was organized by Global Media Foundation (GLOMEF) an NGO and Nottingham University in the UK is under the theme “Change from below: building the capacity of local communities to advocate their rights.” It is funded by Nottingham University at an estimate cost of £6 thousand pounds.

Dr. Okyere said government would be able to win the fight against galamsey in the country if government creates alternative jobs through vocational training.

He said some International NGOs are ready to help communities affected by mining activities but such communities must have a united front.

He took participants through advocacy and lobby processes and how they should deal with mining companies in other to bring the needed development in their areas.The participants came from Ntotroso, Gyedu,Yawusukrom and Manu Shed.

Chief Executive Officer of Global Media Foundation (GLOMEF ), Raphael Godlove Ahenu Jnr speaking at the workshop noted that workshop would go a long way to be advocates for their communities.

He noted that most people in communities affected by mining activities are not aware of their rights and the role they should play to protect and preserve their environment.

The Assembly Member for the Ntotroso Electoral Area, Maxwell Atuahene in an interview said the workshop has empowered him and opened his horizon to things he was not aware of.

“This workshop has been an eye opener as an Assembly Member this would go a long way to help me in the discharge of my duties. The National Commission for Civic Education must do more education on the role the citizenry must play in protecting the environment because it is enshrined in the constitution,” Mr. Atuahene noted.

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