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Opinions Sat, 1 Apr 2017

An open letter to Ghana's Vice-President Dr. Mahhamudu Bawumia

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Comment: Re: IS TECHNOLOGY ILLEGAL MINING PROBLEM?

Author:
Kofi Thompson
Date:
2017-04-01 10:10:21
Comment to:
IS TECHNOLOGY ILLEGAL MINING PROBLEM?

Noted. I agree with many of the things you say, Massa.

But do check the list of toxic chemicals used by all gold miners - including illegal miners. The current situation is intolerable.

If we can ban their use by players in the sector that would make a huge difference all round.

As regards technology, with respect, in the final analysis, where technology originates from is not so important.

For example, it doesn't matter that someone who isn't from Ghana invented the internet does it? At the end of the day, it benefits all of us, wherever in the world we live, does it not?


To be able to mine gold without needing to pollute water bodies with poisonous chemicals would mean the cessation of the continued pollution of soils, streams, rivers and ground water across the nation.

That will be a vast improvement upon the current unacceptable situation.

We must not allow any form of mining to destroy the sources of our people's drinking water supply. Water is life. Literally.

To protect present and future generations of our people we must introduce toxin-free mining to all the different categories of that vital sector of our national economy.

And the sooner that happens the better the chances of our children and their children's children enjoying a sustainable future, will be.

That really matters a lot - for they represent our nation's future. Full stop.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts - and peace and blessings to you, Massa.

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Kofi Thompson on Apr 1, 10:10
Re: IS TECHNOLOGY ILLEGAL MINING PROBLEM?