The Government of Ghana has praised illegal small-scale miners (galamsey) in the country for complying with its order to remove all excavators from mining sites in the country, as it battles the destruction of the environment following the activities of such miners.
The miners removed their excavators from the mining sites following an ultimatum given to them by the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, John Peter Amewu.
So far, about 400 earth-moving equipment have been voluntarily withdrawn from various illegal small-scale mining sites across the country.
The Deputy Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Barbara Oteng Gyasi, in an interview with Chief Jerry Forson, host of Ghana Yensom, on Accra100.5FM on Wednesday April 26, said: “All those engaged in the illegal mining activities have heeded the three-week ultimatum given by the Minister. So far, all the sites that we have visited across the country are not experiencing any mining activities, nobody is mining in those areas anymore.
“They have packed their excavators and so we commend them for obeying the directive. We didn’t go after them with any task force; they have complied with the instruction and so we commend them for doing that.”