Official Government of Ghana Website, Ghana News. BY Godfred Kwaku Yormesor If there is any Ghanaian citizen who claims to be oblivious of the menace or potential dangers posed to the national psyche by the escalation of illegal small scale - mining activities popularly dubbed " galamsey", he is neither realistic nor fair to himself.
The Mining industry of Ghana accounts for 5% of the country's GDP and minerals make up 37% of total exports, of which gold contributes over 90% of the total mineral exports. Thus, the main focus of Ghana's mining and minerals development industry remains focused on gold. Ghana is Africa's largest gold producer, producing 80.5 t in 2008.
Dec 06, 2016· Even though mining (gold and diamond) are essential for development and production but they can never be substituted for food, water and farmlands. During the last decade illegal mining seems to be taking the place of farming activities in Ghana which is a serious threat to food security, which the world must show concern.
We reiterate our earlier call to the Government and all Ghanaians that the fight against illegal mining in Ghana is a fight to protect, not only the present, but the future of this country. It is therefore imperative that the law must be applied to all who fall foul of it, without fear …
Illegal mining can be operated o n the surface or underground. In most countries, underground mineral resources belong to the state. Therefore, mineral resources can only be operated by a licensed operator according to the laws and regulations of the local government.
It is therefore alarming to hear reports that cocoa and cashew farms in some parts of the country are allegedly being sold out for illegal mining activities. This situation will obviously affect the production of cocoa, one of Ghana's major economic crops. River bodies are not being spared by illegal miners.
The Impact and Effect of Illegal Mining (galamsey) towards the Socio-economic Development of Mining Communities: A Case Study of Kenyasi in the Brong Ahafo Region Adjei Samuel1, N.K.Oladejo1, I.A. Adetunde2, * 1University for Development Studies, Department of Mathematics, Navrongo. Ghana.
Galamsey: Environmental Impact of Illegal Gold Mining in Ghana. By Darci Stanger, Staff Editor. For several years, the government in Ghana has been aware of a major issue affecting the environmental well being of its country but has been unable to find a resolution.
Illegal gold mining in Ghana further exacerbates a volatile cocoa market. In 2014, experts predicted a global cocoa shortage by 2020. However, cocoa production statistics have been unpredictable since then, according to the most recent data from the 2015-16 growing season.
Jun 11, 2015· Children toil in Ghana's illegal gold mines By Dasmani Laary in Accra "International gold refiners, who use gold from Ghana may be benefitting from hazardous child labour in unlicensed mines," the rights body said in a report on Wednesday, the eve of World Day against child labour.
Before illegal mining started in the area, the people had no meaningful ways of generating income, they say. "As a father of three, I struggled to put food on the table. However, all this changed when gold was discovered in our area," says James Makina. But their activities are illegal as they do not have mining …
In 1989, the government, worried by the illegal mining activities, passed the PDNC Law 218 to legalise the small scale mining in a bid to check 'galamsey', How¬ever, that appears to be yielding no results as illegal mining activities were at a record high going by the Ghana by the 2008 Ghana …
Fighting Illegal Mining In Ghana (1) What Is The Position Of The Law? April 28, 2017 A principal tool for the management of national mineral resources is a system of allocating rights to mining companies and persons to carry out minerals exploration and mining operations in return for the performance of explicit and enforceable obligations.
Hundreds of thousands, including many from China, are engaged in illegal artisanal mining. How can the government stop it? At the start of April, Ghana's government issued a three-week ultimatum to illegal gold miners operating in the country. They were told that they could either stop their activities or face prosecution. The threat seemed to work.
Illegal mining is a poverty driven activity that is practiced in most developing countries where there is a poorly educated population and few employment opportunities (Yaro, 2010, Bagyina, 2012). Globally, an estimated 20 million people engage in illegal mining with nearly one quarter of the world's gold output originating from it (Hilson, 2001).