Ladies association of Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) have renewed their assurance to continue to work closely with the various anti-galamsey taskforces and institutions to help fight against the prevalence rate of the illegal small scale mining activities in the country.
In its bid to support the efforts of the government of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to fight against the menace, the members of the Association stated that they had embarked on various educational programmes and campaigns in mining prone communities in the eight mining regions to raises awareness about the adverse effects the illegal small scale mining activities were having on the water bodies, forest reserves and fertile lands.
“Although the recent fight against illegal small-scale mining popularly known as ‘galamsey’ is yielding positive results for quality water production in the country we would not relent in our educational campaign, so we would continue to drum home the campaign against illegal small scale mining activities,” the Chairperson for GWCL’s Ladies Association, Madam Agnes Bewaale stressed.
Speaking in an interview with Today during a float organised by the Association to raise awareness about the company’s electronic/ mobile payment systems, Madam Bewaale Indicated that, the company had seen great improvement in its water production and supply following a massive campaign against the illegal practice of the small scale miners.
According to her, the situation can be made even better when the fight against galamsey was sustained.
“We’ve seen some improvement and we are happy about the campaign against galamsey activities. I hope that it will all be sustained…If it is not sustained and this galamsey activity continues or start again, we are going to face the same challenge,” she added.
While the government is committed and taking pragmatic actions to control and curb illegal mining activities, she encouraged and charged each and every one to be also committed by lending support and seriously come up with well-meaning collaborative and sustainable interventions in addressing the problem.
Madam Bewaale stressed the need for the stakeholders not to relent in their efforts to address the galamsey menace to sustain the production of quality water for Ghanaians.
She called for the enforcement of regulations on illegal mining to protect the country’s water resources to ensure that the progress made was not reversed.
She, therefore, called for a holistic approach to be adopted by involving the traditional rulers, community and opinion leaders, non-governmental organisations and the youth to spearhead the vigorous campaign against the menace.
She emphasized the need for Ghanaians to completely change their attitude otherwise whatever interventions the government puts in place would never yield any positive results.
Prior to the move by the government to launch campaign against galamsey, most of the GW L’s production plants had been shut down due to difficulties in treating the heavily polluted water for subsequent distribution to homes.
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