General News Mon, 8 May 2017

BNI report reveals growing dissatisfaction over galamsey crackdown

A leaked report by the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) has revealed growing dissatisfaction for the government’s clampdown on illegal mining (galamsey) in mining areas.

The report, which cannot be independently verified by Pulse.com.gh has named leading politicians, chiefs and businessmen as sponsors of galamsey.

“The directives given to illegal miners to stop mining activities within three weeks by John Peter Amewu, the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, received mixed reactions from illegal miners, residents of communities affected by activities of miners and the public,” the report said.

The Akufo-Addo administration has announced a crackdown on galamsey following the pollution of the nation’s river bodies as well as cocoa farms.

Last month, the Land and Natural Resources Ministry announced a freeze on mining and on issuing of mining license.

The BNI report cited claims by some youth in the Brong-Ahafo Region that government’s directive is not a sustainable measure in combating the menace.

In addition, it said efforts to end the practice have also received widespread commendation.

“The general public was also unanimous in condemning collusion and involvement of some chiefs, politicians and security personnel,” it said.
Source: pulse.com.gh
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