The Ashanti Regional Association of the Small Scale Miners is alleging that some government appointees are sabotaging the fight against ‘galamsey’ by the Akufo Addo’s government.
The Association revealed that some top political kingpins and some government appointees are in bed with the police and military personnel, paving way for their employees (galamseyers) to continue with their illegal activities at midnight, making the fight unsuccessful.
Speaking to Abusua News in an interview, the Director of Research and Planning of the association Mr. Mike Gizo noted that the government is still struggling to fight illegal mining, popularly known as ‘galamsey’ because most of government appointees have concession and they are supporting foreigners to do mining in the country despite the ban on ‘galamsey’.
Mike Gizo revealed that most of the Forest Reserves in Ghana especially Ashanti Region such as Aboaboso Forest reserve, Koboro Forest reserve and many more have been given to foreigners with the support of some government appointees and top political kingpins.
According to Mike Gizo, soldiers have been deployed to protect foreigners who are doing mining in forest reserve making them untouchable.
“I can commend some government appointees because they are surely behind the government as far as the fight against galamsey is concerned, while others are sabotaging the fight making the fight very difficult. Some foreigners and illegal miners have been employed by some government appointees and top political kingpins to do illegal mining in most of forest reserves in Ghana. Last time, our taskforce went to one of the forest reserves where foreigners are mining and soldiers protecting them threatened to kill us if we dare. The situation is very disheartening,” he said.
Mike Gizo however appealed to government to give small scale miners genuine license to go back to their sites.
By: Ghana/Ultimatefmonline.com/106.9FM/Osei Kwadwo