The Concerned Small Scale Miners Union of Ghana has given government a one week ultimatum to resolve their concerns or they will defy the ban on illegal small scale mining and return the their mining sites.
The group is bemoaning what it calls the “terrorist posture” adopted by the government in its supposed fight against illegal mining.
They claim since the ban was imposed 18 months ago, the government has demonstrated nothing but a “carefree and cruel posture” against small scale miners and persons it deems as its political opponents.
They allege government has allowed mining to continue secretly in some communities around the Offin River at Amaadaa in the Atwima Mponua District of the Ashanti region by Americans.
“Government said the illegal mining has been stooped so why are the rivers still not clean?” President of the Association, Michael Kwadwo Peprah quizzed in an interview with Power 97.9 FM.
He alleged that government apparatchiks are shamelessly mining for gold in broad day light at Bekwai in the Ashanti Region and some areas of Manso, and are shielded by state security while licensed miners live in the anguish of poverty, indebtedness and broken homes.
The group says if by the close of this week, they do not hear any reasonable communication from the Government; they would be forced to activate their last resort.