Small Scale miners who have been affected by the ban on mining activities are planning to stage a demonstration against the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for blocking the source of their livelihood.
The intended demonstration dubbed “All die be die” is expected to place at Kumasi in the Ashanti Region on Tuesday, May 23, 2017.
The miners to do not understand why the government’s stance against the activities of illegal mining, popularly known as galamsey, should also affect their operations when they have legitimate licenses from the appropriate public institutions to do their business.
Eric Rivers, Founding Member and Former General Secretary of the Small Scale Mining Association told Kasapafmonline.com that the ban on mining activities which was targeting galamseyers but has so far been extended to those in the small scale mining industry is not reasonable.
The government’s target was galamseyers but we are very surprised that the ban on mining has been extended to cover those of us who have legitimate licenses to operate. We have complied with the directive for almost two months now. We have written to the Minister to exempt us because we have legitimate licenses to operate but our plea has fell on deaf ears. This is the reason why we are going to stage the demonstration against the government,” he noted.
The group also believes that the media has so far not been fair to them by taking a strong stance against their activities knowing very well that they have an agreement with the government to operate.
Police permit, he noted, has been secured to that effect.