Tag Archives: Galamsey

We’re procuring drones worth $3m for galamsey fight – Amewu

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Government says it is in the process of procuring drones worth $3 million to augment the fight against illegal mining also known as galamsey in the country. Speaking to Citi News’ Kojo Agyeman, the Lands and Natural Resources Minister, John Peter Amewu said this is part of a grand strategy to effectively clamp down on illegal miners. “We are in ...

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We’ll biometrically register small scale miners – Amewu

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Government has announced that it will soon register all small scale miners across the country biometrically. The Lands and Natural Resources Minister, John Peter Amewu, who made the announcement said this will help the Ministry to effectively monitor small scale miners’ activities. “I can assure you that there is going to be a biometric registration of all small scale miners ...

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Gov’t should’ve engaged us in galamsey fight – Small-scale miners


The fight against illegal mining would have been better served if government engaged small-scale miners instead of banning them, a spokesperson for small-scale miners in the Ashanti Region has suggested. The spokesperson, Francis Opoku, noted that the government kept aligning small scale miners with illegalities hence their protest in Kumasi on Tuesday. The protest was against the government’s temporary ban on ...

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Kumasi: 10 arrested in protest over mining ban


Police had to fire tear gas to disperse hundreds of small-scale miners in Kumasi who were protesting against the government’s temporary ban on all forms of small-scale mining in the country. In the course of the demonstration, 10 of the protesters were arrested by police for breaching the terms of the public order Act. The Ashanti Regional Police PRO, ASP Juliana ...

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Nana Addo urges GBA to support corruption, galamsey fight

President Akufo-Addo has reiterated his government’s commitment fearlessly fight corruption in the country and has called on members of the judiciary to support the cause. Akufo-Addo was speaking at the Bar Conference held in Sunyani on Monday. “We all know that if we do not get a hanger on corruption, we will not be able to develop our nation. By ...

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Minister rallies chiefs to lead fight against illegal mining

Minister of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Kofi Dzamesi

Chiefs have been urged to take centre stage in the fight to stop illegal mining and safeguard the country’s environment. Mr. Kofi Dzamesi, the Minister for Chieftaincy Affairs, said they owed it a duty to themselves and posterity to protect the forest and water bodies. He made the call when he addressed the general meeting of the Eastern Regional House ...

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Be firm and incorruptible – Otumfuo to Operation Vanguard

Otumfuo Osei Tutu II

Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has charged the anti-galamsey task-force, Operation Vanguard to be firm and incorruptible in the discharge of its duties. He advised members of the task force not to allow themselves to be induced in its bid to protect the interest of the nation. He pledged his unflinching support for the taskforce and urged them not to ...

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Ghanaians eating too much fish – Fisheries Alliance convener


The excessively high intake of fish among Ghanaians is one of the reasons the country has to import over 60 percent of its fish, according to the Co-convener of the Fisheries Alliance, Richster Nii Amarfio. Ghana, which consumes over 950,000 metric tons of fish annually, imported $135 million worth of fish in 2016 because of the reduction in the country’s ...

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Operation Vanguard so far : 294 illegal miners arrested


Sixty-four (64) illegal miners have been apprehended and arrested by government’s anti-galamsey task-force, Operation Vanguard. The latest arrest brings to 294 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 team, which is led by the Minister for  Environment, Science, Technology  and Innovation, Professor ...

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29 ‘galamseyers’ fined GHc15m over Atewa forest mining


A Koforidua Circuit Court has found guilty some 29 foreigners who invaded and mined in the Atewa Forest Reserve. They, together, are to cough up a little over GHc15 million or serve a three-year jail term. The 29 were rounded up on January 26, 2017 by a joint Military Police and Forestry Task-force, led by Palmer Aikins Amponsah, the Forest ...

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