Galamsey fight: Small Scale Miners worried over explosives used on excavators

The Association of Small Scale Miners has said Government’s inability to find lasting solution against illegal mining activities in the country is negatively affecting their business.

Speaking to the press, the Secretary of the Association, Godwin Armah revealed that the current strategy by the government has is aimed at preventing its members from doing their legal business.

Armah said the taskforce used to stop illegal mining were using explosives on equipment they seized most of which belonged to legitimate small scale miners.

“There is a serious lamentations across section of Ghanaians not excluding some affected miners who have taken exception to the burning and destroying of mining equipment by the government as inhumane treatment” Armah added.

But at a press conference organized by the Ministry of Information on Tuesday, Defense Minister, Mr Dominic Nitiwul, reiterated that government will ensure that all equipment seized from galamsey sites are destroyed.

The military has so far destroyed 28 excavators, more than 200 changfan machines, 8 water pump machines and 10 cannons to serve as deterrent to others engaged in illegal mining activities, the Minister said.

He stated soldiers will not shoot and kill again but rather arrest perpetrators to face the law accordingly.



By Odoom Lawrence||Ghana

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