Ghana’s Former High Commissioner to South Africa has suggested what he says is the surest way of putting an end to illegal mining (galamsey) in the country.
Speaking on Okay FM, the Former High Commissioner stressed that shooting to kill “galamseyers” is the only surest way of fighting the menace.
According to His Excellency George Ayisi Boateng, the only way to win the fight is by shooting to kill those found at illegal mining sites across the country.
“…They should…shoot to kill the recalcitrant ones who have defied the government’s order and constantly engaging in illegal mining,” the former High Commissioner stated on Okay FM’s ‘Ade Akye Abia’ programme
He went ahead to state that “these illegal miners who think they need money more than our fathers who used their blood to protect these natural resources are using all foul means to destroy the land and water bodies.”
As it stands now, government has deployed soldiers to the various sites to deal with the galamseyers. They have been ordered to seize and burn the machines been used by the galamseyers.
The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo himself, on several occasions declared his support for the burning of galamsey excavators despite the numerous calls by some Ghanaians that burning galamsey excavators is in itself illegal.
According to the President, all persons involved in the illegal business of “galamsey” forfeit every right they have as a result of their illegal activities.
According to the Minerals and Mining Act, there should be prosecution and a 15-25 year imprisonment of illegal miners.