The debilitating effects of the activities of illegal mining has reached alarming levels in Ghana. Government has waged war against such activities and this has caused a drop in the production of gold in the country.
According to the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, John Peter Amewu, it is an indication that the campaign against illegal mining across the country is yielding results.
“Our records at the Precious Mining Company indicate that there is a fall in terms of production. Although we expect to see actual results…not immediately, what it means now is that there is a drop in small scale production.” he told Accra-based Citi FM.
He explains that following the campaign against illegal mining, miners are fleeing from illegal enclaves including river bodies, the destruction of cocoa farms among others.
At the national level, the Lands and Natural Resources Minister has issued a three-week ultimatum to illegal miners to halt their activities as government steps up the fight against illegal mining.
John Peter Amewu has warned that all illegal miners who fail to stop their activities would face harsh penalties for breaking the laws.
But several small scale miners, especially operators of galamsey activities are unwilling to give up on these activities as they complain this threatens livelihoods given that hundreds of Ghanaians make a living out of small scale mining.