The Western Regional Deputy Minister, Alfred Ekow Gyan, who made the appeal, said some of the miners only had either exploratory or prospecting licenses, yet they were doing “real mining” at the expense of local farmers, whose farmlands are being destroyed by their activities.
He said visits to some of the mining communities, shows how the livelihood of the people had been totally destroyed because the commission had licensed these miners without supervising them.
Mr. Gyan was speaking at the Second Western Regional Natural Resource Summit, organized by the Region’s Development Network of NGOs, with sponsorship from STAR-GHANA.
He said over 250 excavators imported into the Region for illegal mining had been seized, adding that, “if we do not change our attitude, there would be nothing left for posterity.”
The Deputy Minister said the mining companies fail to liase with the district assemblies in providing some development relieve, under their corporate social responsibility.
The Director of Western Region Development Network of NGOs, Kwame Mensah, said a research conducted by the Network revealed the untoward difficulty in the area of accommodation, water and other social amenities.