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Tag Archives: Galamsey

E/R: Residents stop EPA from closing down ‘illegal’ fuel station

Attempts by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the Eastern Region to close down a fuel station which was operating illegally at Frimponso Junction in Anyinam on the Accra-Kumasi Highway, proved futile after over 40 members of the community and workers of the station resisted the move. The Oando fuel station, which is close to Ready Oil Service station, is said ...

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14 illegal miners operating on Offin River arrested

Fourteen illegal miners operating on the Offin River at Manso Keniago in the Amansie West District of the Ashanti Region have been arrested. The galamsey operators, who were arrested by a combined team of the Ghana National Association of Small Scale Miners (GNASSM), the Amansie West District Assembly’s task-force and the police, have been handed over to the Manso Nkwanta ...

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NGO plants trees to reclaim destroyed galamsey lands

The Partners of Nature Africa (PONA) has called on Government to impress on small-scale miners to reclaim lands they have used to extract gold by planting vegetation on the degraded lands after the ban on their activities is lifted. The organization also charged regulatory agencies responsible for supervising and monitoring the activities of licensed small-scale miners must ensure lands used for ...

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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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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 involve marine police in galamsey fight

Defence Minister, Dominic Nitiwul has revealed that the services of marine police will soon be deployed to compliment government’s anti-galamsey task force, Operation Vanguard. He explained that government remained committed to ensuring the growth of the mining sector but insisted that illegal miners will be dealt with it so long as Operation Vanguard is still functioning under the New Patriotic Party ...

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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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Nine arrested for galamsey in Atwima Mponua District

Officials of the Nkawie District Forestry Commission, have arrested nine persons who were allegedly engaged in illegal mining activities at Nkonteng near Nkawie in the Atwima Mponua District of the Ashanti Region. The Rapid Response team of the Commission together with Forestry guards on Wednesday morning, moved to the Jimira forest reserve where the miners were encroaching. The nine persons ...

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2 jailed 5 months for galamsey, others on the run

Two illegal miners, George Duadze, 25, and Kwaku Antiful, 23, have been sentenced to five months in jail by a Circuit Court at Bekwai in the Bekwai Municipality of the Ashanti Region. The Bekwai Municipal Office of the Forestry Commission, arrested the two for illegally mining in the Apramprama Forest Reserve. The rapid response team of the Commission which had information ...

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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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