The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is forecasting a gloomy picture for the fight against illegal mining and other environmental challenges if the Institution is not resourced with enough staff and logistics.
The Eastern regional Director of EPA, Mr. Felix Addo-Okyireh tells Kasapa News, the agency is woefully under staffed considering the volume of environmental challenges confronting the country.
He said the Eastern Regional Directorate of EPA has only five technical staff taking care of the region with offices in only five district out of 26 districts.
Mr. Felix Addo-Okyireh noted that constant monitoring of the environment to ensure strict compliance to environmental regulations is dependent on the EPA however, the institution is challenged with human resource.
He further suggested that, permit fee to small scale miners which was raised to almost GHC10,000 and subsequently reduced to GHC6,000 must be further reduced together with permit renewal fee, if banning of small scale mining is not immediate option to the fight against galamsey, to encourage small scale miners to register with EPA to enable constant monitoring and compliance.
He said, about 60 small scale miners have their permit expired in the Eastern region, however only 11 have recently applied for renewal of their licenses.
The Regional Director of EPA suggested that,the fight against illegal mining must target chamfai miners first since they used Chinese technology to mine directly in river bodies leading to heavy pollution of water bodies in the country.