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Three illegal miners die in galamsey pit at Bekwai

Three persons have been confirmed dead after a pit they dug to search for gold caved in at Kokotro in the Bekwai Municipality of the Ashanti region on Friday 30th March 2018. The three; Augustine Opoku, 17, Evans Mensah, 20 and Emmanuel Aidoo, 19, are all natives of Subriso in the municipality. Chief Executive for the Bekwai Municipal Assembly, Kwaku ...

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Galamsey operator jailed 18 months for unlawful escape

A 29-year-old galamsey operator, Asampong Bawuah, has been sentenced to 18 months imprisonment by a Tarkwa Circuit court for unlawfully escaping from police custody at Wassa Akropong in the Amenfi East Municipality. He pleaded guilty and was convicted on his own plea. Prosecuting Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Juliana Essel-Dadzie, told the court presided over by Mr. Eammunel Bart-Plange Brew ...

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Importance of reforestation to wildlife in Ghana [Article]

Ghana is geographically located in the tropics, endowed with diverse natural resources. And one of these resources that have been most abused is its forests resources and by extension its wildlife. Forests cover about one-third of Ghana’s total area. The interdependency of forest and wildlife and the need to take appropriate measures to optimize resource utilization , to ensure future ...

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W/Region: Illegal mining to blame for water rationing – GWCL

The Ghana Water Company Limited is still lamenting the threat posed to water bodies through activities such as illegal mining. The company recently announced a significant improvement in the water situation, but that has been short-lived due to worsening pollution caused by illegal miners. According to the Western Regional Communications Manager of the company, Nana Yaw Barnie, the situation has ...

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Asante youth group accuses gov’t of bias in mining ban

The Asante Youth Association has accused government of showing bias in the enforcement of the ban on Small Scale Mining activities in the country. According to AYA, it is reliably informed that while Government has halted the activities in the whole of Ashanti, some mining companies in other regions were briskly mining. The group in a statement said “That is ...

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Illegal mining persists in parts of Western Region

Citi News can confirm that some communities in the Wassa Akropong and Amenfi Districts of the Western Region are still engaged in illegal mining activities along water bodies. This is in spite of a ban placed on all forms of small-scale mining and an intensified government effort to end illegal mining. Citi News’ Western Regional Correspondent, Obrempong Yaw Ampofo, reports that ...

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5 ‘galamseyers’ mining with cyanide to face court today

Five miners arrested on Thursday for using zinc and cyanide in their illegal operations at Aboso in the  Tarkwa-Nsuaem Municipality of the Western Region will be put before court today [Friday]. The five, including four Chinese and one Ghanaian, were arrested by government’s anti-galamsey task-force, Operation Vanguard, after a swoop on their site in Aboso. The team found that the ...

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‘Shoot-to-kill galamseyers’ suggestion unfortunate – Aning

A security analyst, Dr. Kwesi Aning, has described as unfortunate suggestions by First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joseph Osei-Owusu, for a shoot-to-kill approach in dealing with illegal miners in the country. According to him, the comment puts Ghana in bad light in terms of respect for human rights. “I don’t think we should be shooting people. No nation on earth, ...

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MP kicks against shoot-to-kill proposal in galamsey fight

New Patriotic Party [NPP] MP for Manso Adubia in the Ashanti Region, Yaw Frimpong, has said the suggestion for a shoot-to-kill approach in dealing with illegal miners in the country is inappropriate. The MP, whose constituency is one of the worst affected by the activities of illegal miners believes a more pragmatic approach should be adopted. He is of the ...

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Small-scale miners to meet over mining ban extension

The Association of Small Scale Miners will meet today [Friday] over government’s decision to extend the ban on small-scale mining. The Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, John Peter Amewu announced the extension at an awards ceremony by the Bureau of Research, Governance, Commerce and Administration, saying the move had become necessary after small-scale miners failed to meet the target set ...

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