Mr.Isaac Kwabina Ochem, Chief Executive Officer of Anti ‘Galamsey’ Advocate has called on the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo to be wild on those who mined illegally to reclaim the destructed lands.
Appearing on critical issue this morning on UTV discussing the way forward for galamsey ,Mr.Isaac Kobina Ochem contributed that,the community mining introduced by the government was in right direction because it would have an adverse effect on illegal mining .
Indicating that, government’s decision of introducing community mining was to mined responsibly and is also part of responsible small scale mining.
He revealed that,most of the small scale miners didn’t take the community mining serious because of their selfish interest, adding that with community mining,the community stands to benefit directly in a way that the youth in the area will be actively involved, especially in those mining areas.
He also deduced that ,the community mining will generate revenue for the various District Assemblies where there’s community mining interns of IGF and also cut down unemployment rate in those areas.
He later called on the government to do its possible best to ensure that those who have mined without reclamation do so quickly before is too late.
Mr.Ochem said clearly that, as Anti ‘Galamsey’Advocate,he will not sit down for the government to use tax payers money to reclaim those lands that have been destroyed by local and foreign illegal miners.
He added that,looking at the current economic situation it is about time the government of Ghana through the various Metro, Municipal and District Assemblies instruct those responsible for the destruction of those lands to reclaim them without fear or favor.
He spoke about the fact that those exposed pits are now dead traps to commuters,which according to him is killing innocent people.
He said, though,the minister in charge of Lands and Natural Resources,Hon.Samuel Abu Jinapor and his two deputies are doing their best in the fight against illegal mining and are encouraging community mining,this he believes will help sanitize the mining areas so that community mining will be encouraged for the betterment of the Country.