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Manso Adubia streams left with chemicals and no fish after ‘galamsey’

The Manso Adubia constituency in the Ashanti Region has seen the illegal mining activities over the past few years leave the area in the alarming position of having no natural water body fit for human use. The Member of Parliament for Manso Adubia, Yaw Frimpong Addo, had ominous words for the rest of the country as he warned that “no ...

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Chinese illegal miners to reappear in court on April 10

The Chinese illegal miners and their Ghanaian accomplices who were arrested on River Ankobra in the Western Region  last Friday, appeared at the Sekondi High Court on Monday [March 27th 2017], where they were remanded into police custody to reappear on April 10, 2017. The accused miners were first sent to the Sekondi Magistrate Court immediately after they were brought from ...

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Amewu begs China to stop Chinese ‘galamsey’ operators

Ghana is practically begging China to help in the fight against Chinese nationals who are contributing to the destruction of its environment through illegal mining, popularly known as galamsey. The Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, John Peter Amewu, today [Monday], held an emergency meeting with the Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, and the Mayor of China’s Guangxi Zhuang Province, to discuss how ...

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My galamsey fight with drones was shot down – Inusah Fuseini

A former Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Inusah Fuseini, has lamented that he did not get the necessary support from stakeholders when he tried waging war on illegal mining in the country with the use of drones. Inusah Fuseini, during his tenure, promised to deploy drones in fighting the menace, but the idea did not see the light of ...

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Stricter measures needed to address illegal sand mining – Frimpong Boateng

The Minister for Environment, Science, and Technology, Professor Frimpong-Boateng is advocating for stricter measures to address indiscriminate sand mining activities in Ghana. According to him, the unlawful activities of sand miners is having a negative impact on the environment and believes that a robust plan is needed to stop the menace. He told Citi News that, sand mining has to ...

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I’ll not take fight against ‘galamsey’ lightly – Amewu

Dealing with the issue of illegal mining, popularly known as ‘galamsey’, will be key on the agenda of the Lands and Natural resources ministry, minister-nominee John Peter Amewu has indicated. He says he will ensure a full enforcement of laws against illegal mining in the country. John Peter Amewu, who took his turn before Parliament’s Appointments Committee to be vetted ...

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29 foreigners arrested for illegal mining at Atiwa

Some 29 foreign nationals are in the grips of the Eastern Regional Rapid Response team of the Forestry Commission, for invading the Atiwa Rain Forest reserve and mining illegally. The suspects, who are believed to be from Togo and other neighboring countries, are said to have been operating in the Atiwa Rain Forest Reserve for about two months using sophisticated ...

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WACAM predicts emergence of ‘galamsey’ cartels

A civil society group championing campaigns against illegal mining, WACAM, has predicted the emergence of dangerous illegal mining cartels in the country if government fails to swiftly act against ‘galamsey’ activities. According to WACAM, some illegal mining groups are putting their resources together to violently resist any group [including government] that attempts to clamp down on their activities. The Executive ...

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Nigeria abductions: Michelle Obama to deliver address

US First Lady Michelle Obama is to deliver her husband’s weekly presidential address to condemn last month’s abduction of Nigerian girls. First ladies normally refrain from outspoken foreign policy remarks, but Mrs Obama has been a vocal campaigner for the release of more than 200 girls. Fifty-three of the schoolgirls escaped soon after being seized in Chibok on 14 April ...

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Galamsey: The untold truth

Abubakari Sadiq, a galamsey miner at Konongo Odumasi, has seen 30 colleagues die in mine pit collapses over his 23-year mining career. He has also seen countless miners die of silicosis, an incurable disease which affects the lungs, because of years of inhaling dust from the stones being ground to extract the gold. But he says he does not care. ...

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