President Nana Akufo-Addo has emphasized that the government will put up a sustained fight to stop completely illegal small-scale mining (galamsey) in the country.
He said he will not allow illegal small-scale mining (galamsey) to destroy Ghana.
Speaking at a durbar at the Dormaahene’s Palace in the Brong Ahafo Region, Nana Akufo Addo said: “The Ghana handed down to us by our forefathers is the same Ghana we must leave for the unborn generations. We must not allow Galamsey to destroy our country, no way”.
The Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, John Peter Amewu has said security forces will subsequently be deployed to the illegal mining sites to ensure the miners do not return.
The three weeks ultimatum to illegal miners expired Wednesday, April 19, 2017.
But Small scale miners, especially operators of illegal mining activities are reluctant giving up completely on these activities as they complain this threatens livelihoods given that hundreds of Ghanaians eke out a living out of small scale mining.
The campaign has led to the withdrawal of 544 excavators and earthmoving equipment from galamsey sites across the country.
Mr Amewu said the government will destroy any excavators used for mining without permit from the appropriate authorities.