A delegation from Global Agenda Services (GAS) Ghana, a non-profit-earning organisation, has paid a courtesy call on the Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr Simon Osei-Mensah.
The call provided the delegation the opportunity to present two copies of proposals by the Non-Governmental Organisation on Illegal mining and sanitation.
The Executive Director of GAS Ghana, Ing. Evans Arthur who led the delegation said the NGO- made up of young professionals is bent on working noble efforts to the socio-economic development of their country.
He told the minister, aside Sanitation, GAS Ghana had developed a four-pronged approach in dealing with illegal mining also known as Galamsey, a practice which has degraded farmlands and polluted water bodies.
He named them as “Operation Living Waters, Operation burying the dig, Operation One Man, One Tree and Operation One District, One Mine”, all jeered towards how mining could be done in the country whereas there would still be proper management of water bodies, land reclamation, rich afforestation system and sustainable mining strategies within one district.
He assured the minister that GAS Ghana had tried and tested the approach at a Galamsey area at Bonsukrom in the Amansie West District and that the NGO was more than ready to collaborate with government in the area of sustainable mining operations in the Ashanti Region and the country as a whole.
Mr Osei-Mensah on his part commended the team for its quest to help solve the challenges confronting the country especially in the aspects of environmental sanitation.
He indicated that while both the Ministries of Environment, Science, Innovation & Technology and Lands & Natural Resources were by the day working on Galamsey issues, plans are also far afoot to achieving maximum adherence to proper sanitation in the region, beginning from the Kumasi Metropolis.
Source:Ghana/myxyzonline.com/93.1MHz/ Jonathan Ofori