Tag Archives: Galamsey

2 jailed 5 months for galamsey, others on the run

Two illegal miners, George Duadze, 25, and Kwaku Antiful, 23, have been sentenced to five months in jail by a Circuit Court at Bekwai in the Bekwai Municipality of the Ashanti Region. The Bekwai Municipal Office of the Forestry Commission, arrested the two for illegally mining in the Apramprama Forest Reserve. The rapid response team of the Commission which had information ...

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Small-scale miners angry over extension of mining ban

The Ghana National Association of Small Scale Miners, is unhappy about government’s decision to extend the ban on small-scale mining by three more months. According to them, it appears they have been targeted by the ban which does not apply to large-scale miners despite the fact that both small and large-scale mining is regulated by the same law. Last Friday, ...

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Gov’t begins moves to reclaim galamsey lands in Kyebi

The government has officially launched an ambitious plan to reclaim 18 illegal mining sites in Kyebi in the Eastern Region. The exercise dubbed, Kyebi Reclamation Project, according to the Lands and Natural Resources Minister, John Peter Amewu, is in two phases, and will be replicated at illegal mining sites across the country. The Kyebi Reclamation Project is a collaboration between ...

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Ban on small scale mining extended by 3-months

Government has announced an extension of the ban on all forms of small scale mining in the country by three months. The Lands and Natural resources, John Peter Amewu, who made the announcement today, Friday, said the ban is expected to be lifted by January 2018. The extension comes not long after some small scale miners in the Ashanti Region, ...

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Galamsey poses health risk to residents – Principal

The Principal of Ntotoroso College of Nursing , Alhaji Abdul Karim Boakye–Yiadom, has stated that the health of the present generation of Ghanaians will adversely be affected by the ‘galamsey’ menace if it not dealt with. He said the type of diseases that would emerge in the next 10 to 20 years, especially in the galamsey (illegal mining) areas, could be difficult ...

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Amansie West DISEC impounds 33 excavators; arrest illegal miners

The Amansie West District Security Council has impounded thirty-three (33) excavators that have been used by illegal miners in the area despite Government’s ban on their activities. Ten (10) of the excavators are currently at the premises of the Assembly. The council has collaborated with the operation Vanguard Taskforce to arrest Eighty-six (86) persons for engaging in the illegal activity. ...

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Group to petition AG, CJ for stiffer punishments for galamsey

The Convenor of the Media Coalition Against Galamsey, Kenneth Ashigbey, has hinted of plans to petition the Chief Justice and Attorney Genera,l to consider empowering the law courts to hand out harsh sentences to persons who engage in illegal mining in the country. He is optimistic that stiff and harsh punishment meted to offenders, will serve as a deterrent to residents ...

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Operation Vanguard involves navy in galamsey fight

In a bold attempt to augment the fight against illegal mining in Ghana’s water bodies, government’s anti-illegal mining task-force, Operation Vanguard, has now incorporated the services of the Ghana Navy. The move will now allow the task-force to effectively fight illegal miners who have been operating in the Ankobora, Pra and Brim Rivers. The miners, who are conversant with these ...

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U/East: Suspected galamsey kingpin arrested for robbery

An alleged illegal mining kingpin operating in the Gbane area of the Talensi District of the Upper East Region, Akwasi Appiah, popularly known as Akwasi Bantama, has been arrested by the police. He is accused of deploying some illegal miners with explosives into a Shaanxi Mining company site to steal gold ores. Akwasi Appiah’s activities are believed to have led to the ...

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61 Chinese arrested by Operation Vanguard task-force

Ninety-nine (99) illegal miners including 61 Chinese, have been arrested by government’s anti-galamsey task-force, Operation Vanguard. The latest arrest brings to 461 the number of illegal miners arrested so far. The arrests were made in Western, Ashanti and Eastern Regions, the operational areas of the task-force. The joint military and police task-force was set up in August, to enforce the ban ...

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