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Chiefs involved in galamsey to be destooled - Omanhene of Kenyasi Number One

Otumfuor Osei Tutu The destoolment order is on instructions of Otumfuo Osei Tutu II

Sat, 3 Sep 2022 Source: www.ghanaweb.com

The Omanhene of Kenyasi Number One in the Ahafo Region, Nana Osei Kofi Abiri, has cautioned that any chief within his jurisdiction found to be involved in illegal mining, otherwise known as galamsey, would be destooled.

According to him, the Chief would also lose his stool, as warned by the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu, if he is found to engage in any form of illegal mining that has the potential of destroying water bodies and farmlands.

Nana Osei Kofi gave the warning at the inauguration of the Kenyasi Community Mining Scheme in the Asutifi North District in the Ahafo Region.

GBC’s Thomas Nsowah-Adjei reports that the scheme, apart from providing employment for the youth, would also help protect the river bodies that serve as sources of drinking water.

The inauguration of Community Mining Schemes across gold mining areas in Ghana is a strategy initiated by the government to address the menace of illegal mining in Ghana, which has been a major source of destruction to the river bodies and degradation of lands for commercial and subsistence agriculture.

Besides, the youth, who are mostly involved in illegal mining activities, also lose their lives in the course of their operations. The chemicals used are also poisonous to the environment. The involvement of chiefs in illegal mining has been in the media recently because the lands where such activities go on are always under the jurisdiction of a chief.

Officials of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources met with Nananom, Metropolitan, and District Chief Executives in some selected mining districts in Ashanti on how best the menace could be addressed in view of the intensity of the problem.

The Deputy Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, George Mireku Duker, who inaugurated the scheme, said the government will continue to ensure that those arrested for illegal mining are prosecuted to deter people from engaging in it.

He said the government has purchased boats to be used to patrol the major rivers that are a threat to survival and promised that more mining schemes would continue to be inaugurated to provide employment for unemployed youth.

The Ahafo Regional Minister, George Boakye, appealed to the management of the mining scheme to strictly comply with regulations to protect the environment.

The Omanhene of Kenyasi Number One, Nana Osei Kofi Abiri, warned chiefs under his jurisdiction to desist from involving themselves in illegal mining or risk being destooled.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com
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