President Akufo-Addo has said the law against illegal mining will be enforced regardless of the nationality of the operators engaged in the activity.
As the deadline for the massive showdown with galamsey operators draws near, President Akufo-Addo has reiterated government’s commitment to fighting the menace saying all culprits including the Chinese will face the full rigors of the law, if they are caught.
Mr. Akufo-Addo’s remark on the galamsey comes on the heels of the Chinese government’s worry with the barrage of media reportage citing Chinese nationals as complicit in Ghana’s soaring challenge of illegal small-scale mining popularly called galamsey.
The China mission a week ago expressed reservations about the manner in which the West African country is treating Chinese engaged in illegal small-scale mining (galamsey) following the Akufo-Addo government relentless war against galamsey activities.
“The Chinese side is very concerned about this unhealthy tendency,” said the Chinese Ambassador to Ghana.
But addressing the people of Kwahu in the Eastern region when the President joined them to celebrate the Easter festivity, Mr. Akufo-Addo said illegal miners must be advised to cease operation since neither Ghanaians nor Chinese will be spared in the coming days.
“We all know the laws of Ghana have no sympathy for nationality or whatsoever. The law affects everybody including the Chinese. It does not give permits to visitors or anybody to engage in illegal mining.Whosoever is caught will be made to face the full rigors of the law. This doesn’t mean we have any qualms with the Chinese government or we hate the Chinese nationals. All i’m saying is they should respect the laws of our land just as they do theirs. With time you’ll get to know I’m not making empty promises.”
The debilitating effects of the activities of illegal mining has reached alarming levels in the West African nation.
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 miners.
John Peter Amewu has warned that all illegal miners who fail to stop their activities would face harsh penalties for breaking the laws.