68 galamseyers nabbed

The Western Regional Command of the Ghana Immigration Service has arrested some 68 illegal miners (galamseyers) in the region.

 

59 of them were foreign nationals with the rest being local accomplices.

The illegal miners were arrested yesterday by the Immigration Service personnel during a joint operation with the Mpohor District Security Council.

 

The 68 galamsey operators were arrested from different locations and assembled at Adumbanso in the Mpohor district.

 

Assistant Commissioner of Immigration, Beatrice Okpoti who confirmed this said the 59 foreigners were from Burkina-Faso, Benin and Niger.

 

She added that the 68 illegal miners are between the ages of 20 and 39 adding that they are in the custody of the Ghana Immigration Service.

 

Government in 2018 lifted a ban it had placed on small scale mining also known as galamsey in the country.

 

Convener of the Media Coalition against Galamsey, Ken Ashigbey in December last year, said the fight against illegal mining had not yet been won.

 

Speaking on CitiTV, Mr. Ashigbey said despite the measures adopted to permanently tackle Galamsey, Chinese nationals, who in his view are the “conveyor belts of Galamsey”, were still trooping into the country to engage in the activity.

 

He indicated that the Forestry Commission had also failed as far as tackling galamsey was concerned, given that most illegal mining activities are freely conducted around forest reserves.

 

 

Story: News DESK

 

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