MMDCEs to face sanctions on galamsay fight if….
Metropolitan, Municipal and Districts Chief Executives (MMDCEs) will face sanction if they fail to lead the crusade against illegal mining or ‘galamsey’ in their respective areas.
Date Created : 9/24/2018 3:39:26 AM : Story Author : Christian Kpesese/ghanadistricts.com
The Chief of Staff, Akosua Frema Opare, who gave the warning at a forum in Accra for MMDCEs on government’s plan against illegal mining, said the war on on galamsey must be won and they “MMDCEs are expected to spearhead the fight to achieve its purpose”.
“Systems have been put in place to assist you perform this role. So there is no excuse not to deliver. Failure is not an option. It’s commitment that we expect from you, commitment that buys into the vision of the President for the good of Africa today and for the future”.
“The government had given the assurance that it may lift the ban on all forms of small-scale mining by the end of 2018” she indicated.
The warning follows reports that some MMDCE’s were actually involved in the illegal acts themselves.
Government was compelled to issue a ban on all forms of small-scale mining in 2017; at the time the menace was destroying the county’s land, forests and water resources.
Analysts warned that Ghana may resort to the importation of clean water in the next two decades if the threat was not eradicated.
Government constituted an inter-ministerial task force on galamsey with the adoption of technology driven strategies to combat illegal mining.
Key among the technologies is a software called Galamstop, which will monitor the activities of illegal miners.
Institutions such as the Minerals Commission, EPA, Water Resources Commission, Forestry Commission (FC) and Chief Executives will be integrated through the software application to achieve its intended goals.