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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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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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Punishment for galamseyers must be deterrent enough – Media Coalition

The Media Coalition Against illegal Mining is appealing to the Chief Justice, Sophia Akuffo, to sensitize judges adjudicating galamsey cases on the need to hand out sanctions deterrent enough to perpetrators of illegal mining. The Coalition said current sanctions were not deterrent enough, stating that with stricter sanctions, the fight against illegal mining can be won. The Coalition made this ...

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E/R: Three jailed for illegal mining at Segyimase Kyebi

A Koforidua Circuit Court has sentenced a 27-year-old carpenter Akwasi Agyemang and a 37-year-old farmer, Yaw Osei to four years in prison for mining illegally at Segyimase Kyebi in the Atewa Forest reserve in the Eastern Region. A third person, 35-year-old tiler, Kwasi Poku, has been sentenced to serve two years in prison and is due to reappear in court. ...

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Dormaa East DCE ‘shit bombed’ by illegal miners

The District Chief Executive for Dormaa East in the Brong Ahafo Region, Emmanuel Kofi Agyeman, has incurred the wrath of persons engaged in illegal mining popularly known as  galamsey, for waging a sustained fight against the activity in the area. He has therefore called for support from partners and stakeholders to come to the aid of the district as the ...

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Amewu urges calm among small-scale miners over ban

The Lands and Natural Resources Minister, John Peter Amewu, has asked members of the Ghana National Association of Small Scale Miners to exercise restraint as the government works to fully implement measures to ensure responsible mining in the country. He said the government is ready to allow them to go back to work as soon as it sanitizes the sector ...

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Small-scale miners warn against further extension of mining ban

The Ghana National Association of Small Scale Miners has warned that a further extension of the ban on all forms of small-scale mining in the country will be harmful to the sector. It is therefore urging the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources to lift the ban on small-scale mining and rather ensure strict enforcement of the country’s mining laws. There ...

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$5bn ‘missing’ from gold exports to UAE – Nana Addo

President Nana Akufo-Addo has revealed that, about $5 billion dollars were unaccounted for in gold exports from Ghana to the United Arab Emirates. Speaking during an interaction with the media on Wednesday, he recalled that the Senior Minister, on an official visit to the Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, received some praise from people who said: “last year we ...

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Gov’t to vet small-scale miners in 2018 – Nana Addo

Government will this year (2018), begin vetting all small-scale miners across the country to regularize and monitor their activities. The move will ensure that small-scale mining is done in a responsible, environmentally-friendly and sustainable manner. This was disclosed by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at the commissioning of the Secretariat for the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM) at Cantonments ...

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