PRESTEA COMMUNICATORS FOR DEVELOPMENT (PCD) DEMAND IMMEDIATE LIFTING OF BAN ON ARTISINAL (GALAMSEY) AND SMALL SCALE MINING
RELEASE IS AS FOLLOWS.
The handling of mining issues in Ghana after President Akuffo Addo ascended to the throne of Kwame Nkrumah’s Ghana is an issue that needs a lot deliberations. Findings by Prestea Communicators for Development, a civil society group based in Prestea shows the NPP administration is indulging in some kind of dishonest dealings with the good people of Ghana, especially in eight regions of this country (except greater Accra and Volta) where mining of gold takes place in various forms.
While the government turns blind eye to large scale companies, irrespective of how they have evidently mutilated our environment and have caused several environmental diseases in mining areas in this country, with nothing to write home about in their operational areas, it seems, the government has used its whole army into harassing local artisanal miners who have made their living since 1800s. The latest and more embarrassing is the proposal by Hon. Joe Osei Owusu, the 1stDeputy Speaker of parliament, suggesting, “shoot and kill of galamseyers”, a suggestion that can“harm the security of this country”. Prestea Communicators for Development finds such comments“dishonourable”
It is very important, we delve into PDC Manifesto Watch of the NPP 2016, and here is what the NPP had to say about SMALL SCALE MINING (PAGE 94).
“It is NPP’s view that theARTISANAL, small-scale mining sub-sector needsrestructuring so that its activities can take place within guidelines set up under the appropriate regulations. This will enable small scale miners toWORK AND EARN THEIR LIVELIHOODS IN AREGULATED, secure, and lawful environment. By this process, the environment, especially our water bodies, can be protected and degraded land can be reclaimed through tree-planting and reforestation.( PAGE 94 New Patriotic Party (NPP) • Manifesto for Election 2016 )”
MINING COMPANIES (PAGE 94)
“Facilitating the revival of Anglogold Ashanti’s Obuasi mines and OTHER mines as part of an overall strategy of protecting the jobsand livelihoods of miningcommunities (PAGE 93 New Patriotic Party (NPP) • Manifesto for Election 2016)”
Transcript From Nana Akuffo Addo Campaign 2016 (Voice Available)
“The NDC are peddling that I (Nana Akuffo Addo), who is looking forward to create jobs for the youth, I will come and ban galamsey. There is No iota of truth in such allegations. It is not true today, it will not be true tomorrow” Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo, 2016.
Since this government came to power, Ghanaians were taken by surprise, that BAN on artisanal mining, otherwise known as galamsey as well as licensed local small scale mining has all been affected. All the newspapers carried it as the hash-tag for several months, thinking they were serving the country any better. Today, such actions has brought untold hardships on vast majority of Ghanaians.
Again, the government, who seem not able to curb arm robbery and rampants road death going on in this country, has set up operation vanguard, with Millitary men harassing Ghanaians. Galamseyers were told government is going to create jobs for them, and up till there is no job anywhere!
Today, the Anglogold Ashanti’s condition has not gotten any better as promised. The only state gold mining company, Prestea Sankofa Gold is“bankrupt ´and government seem unconcern, and on top of it, Goldfields Ghana is laying off over 1,700 people, and here again, the President seem quiet!
What the government is maximising is asking military to shoot and kill galamseyers, and Hon. Joe Osei Owusu, who is a member of the NPP, who gave such mainifesto promise, surely, must be ashamed of his comments.
We call on
1. The President to reconsider his current view on artisanal and small scale mining, taking into accounts what he said (recorded) on campaign grounds before he was given opportunity to lead this country. The truth is, if the President had been honest right from the start, Ghanaians may not have given the seat to him. He must not take Ghanains for granted.
2. The NPP party leadership, the Chairman and National Executive Council (NEC) to come out clear on matters related to mining and small scale mining. It should be clear where they want to lead this country into on mining matters.
It is important to note that, eight out of the ten regions in Ghana do artisanal and small scale mining in one way or the other, and if immediate measures are not taken it will disturb Ghanaians.
Prestea Communicators for Development is calling on government to as a matter of urgency lift the ban on all forms of small scale mining and institute a modus operandi that will lead to win-win situation for both the miners and the country.
COMRADE FRANCIS ESHUN
JAMES SAMUEL ACKERSON
PHILIP GYAN (ATISCO)
JONAS KYEREMANTENG (HOLY)