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160 ‘galamseyers’ employed under MMIP agric project, 17,000 others to enroll

Over one hundred and sixty youth who were engaged in illegal mining, have been gainfully employed under a component of the Multi-sectoral Mining Integrated Project, (MMIP). The component, Alternative Livelihood Project, Oil Palm Plantation, which is being funded by the Minerals Development Fund, under the Lands and Natural Resources Ministry, seeks to employ illegal miners who are affected by the ...

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Use of weapons by ‘galamseyers’ troubling – Operation Vanguard Commander

Colonel William Agyapong, the outgoing Commander of Operation Vanguard, the task-force responsible for ending illegal mining across the country, is alarmed over the discovery of sophisticated arms owned and used by illegal miners in the country. He said the anti-galamsey team retrieved 58 different firearms indicating that the illegal miners had become sophisticated. In an interview with Citi News, Col. ...

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Punishment for ‘galamseyers’ too weak – Operation Vanguard commander

The outgoing Commander of Operation Vanguard, Colonel William Agyapong, has expressed worry about the weight of punishment meted out to illegal miners arrested by the anti-galamsey task-force. According to him, the sentences given by the judiciary to the suspects were not deterrent enough, and was a major disincentive to the fight against illegal mining in the country. The anti-galamsey task-force ...

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Gov’t to spend $100m on land reclamation

Government is poised to spend 100 million dollars to reclaim lands destroyed by activities of illegal miners in the country, through the Multi-sectorial Mining Integrated Project (MMIP). The five-year project is an initiative of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources (MLNR), aimed at combating ‘galamsey’ and also sanitizing the artisanal small scale mining in the country. Dr. Isaac Karikari, ...

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Target kingpins in galamsey; not just labourers – Gov’t advised

The government has been urged to target the brains behind illegal mining operations in Ghana and not just the ground operatives with little value. The ground operatives arrested by police are ultimately easily replaced by the persons financing the illegal mining operations, a security analyst, Emmanuel Sowatey, has explained to Citi News. Speaking to Citi News following the Afro barometer ...

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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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Amewu justifies purchase of $3m drones to fight galamsey

The Lands and Natural Resources Minister, John Peter Amewu, has defended government’s decision to purchase drones worth $3 million to boost the country’s fight against illegal mining. According to him, the drones, when acquired, can also help the country monitor and deal with the incidents of illegal logging in the country’s forest reserves. Speaking on Eyewitness News, Mr. Amewu said ...

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Operation Vanguard task-force arrests 362 illegal miners

The joint military/police task-force set up to enforce the ban on illegal mining, to help save the environment, has been making progress in delivering on its mandate. It has so far arrested 362 suspected illegal miners including some Chinese nationals, and has seized a number of mining equipment. The equipment include over 1,500 ‘chang fa’ and water pumping machines. Twenty-four ...

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Chinese re-arrested for engaging in galamsey

Five Chinese nationals who were granted bail by the Bekwai Circuit Court in the Ashanti Region for engaging in illegal mining, have been re-arrested for their involvement in the same act. The five “galamseyers’’ were arrested by the National Anti-galamsey Task-Force at Abodom in the Bekwai District, and granted bail by the court on September 6, 2017. The names of ...

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Group threatens demo in U.S over withdrawal of Exton Cubic’s permit

Members of a group calling itself Ashanti Youth for development are threatening to stage a massive demonstration in the United States next Thursday against the Akufo-Addo government, for revoking the mining license of Exton Cubic Group Limited. According to them, the planned demonstration will coincide with President Akuffo-Addo’s visit to the U.S for the UN General Assembly Meeting. Exton Cubic ...

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